Archive for May, 2015

Declining rig count leveling off

May 30, 2015 | Bismark Tribune| State and industry officials believe North Dakota’s decline in rigs operating in the state is nearing its low point barring any additional surprises or regulatory issues that could pinch the industry further. The state’s active drilling rig count Wednesday dropped to 80. This is down from 83 last week, […]

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Bill for improved oil train safety in progress

  May 30, 2015 | WKBN | YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Federal Transportation Officials renewed an emergency order Friday for railroads to tell states when dangerous crude oil shipments are coming through. WKBN has been keeping you updated on this issue since March, when we discovered two of those oil routes run through the Valley. […]

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“Sensitive Security Information” on oil train cargoes will not be released

“Sensitive Security Information” on oil train cargoes will not be released

May 29, 2015 | Seattle PI | The jargon of government, acronyms and initials, and defenses of a department “laser focused” on safety filled a lengthy letter from U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., this week. Its bottom line:  The USDOT is giving Cantwell and Senate colleagues about half of the […]

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NYS conducts another round of oil train safety checks

May 27, 2015 | Times Sun Union | Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced completion of another round of targeted crude oil tank car and rail inspections. These inspections uncovered 85 defects – including four critical safety defects that required immediate corrective action. The inspections are part of the Governor’s push to protect New Yorkers […]

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US Officials Revive Oil Train Safety Order After Complaints

May 29, 2015| ABC News| U.S. transportation officials are extending an order for railroads to notify states about shipments of hazardous crude oil shipments. Emergency responders had raised worries over a new rule that did away with the requirement. [Read the entire article here.]

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Northern Minnesota railroad bridge fire, collapse disrupts Canadian route

Northern Minnesota railroad bridge fire, collapse disrupts Canadian route

May 28, 2015 | Pioneer Press |  A Canadian National Railway trestle near International Falls, Minn., caught fire early Wednesday, damaging several railroad cars that were caught on the burning span before it collapsed. There were no reports of injuries, or word on when service would resume on the busy rail line connecting northern Minnesota […]

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BNSF President Greeted by Bomb Train Protestors in Chicago

BNSF President Greeted by Bomb Train Protestors in Chicago

May 27, 2015 | Desmogblog.com | Today at the annual North American Rail Shippers Association, Carl Ice, president of rail company Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) had his keynote address interrupted by members of Rising Tide Chicago. The activists carried banners reading, “BNSF: Profits over Safety” and “BNSF: Bomb Trains Kill.” [Read the entire article here.]

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Sen. Baldwin promotes newly proposed legislation for railway safety

Sen. Baldwin promotes newly proposed legislation for railway safety

May 26, 2015 | News 8000 |LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Dozens of trains make their way through La Crosse every week carrying hazardous material, and with the building of a second rail line through the city, Sen. Tammy Baldwin wants to make sure communities along the tracks are protected. When it comes to rail […]

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Baldwin, local leaders call for improved crude oil safety measures

Baldwin, local leaders call for improved crude oil safety measures

May 26, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | More than 50 people packed the Amtrak depot on La Crosse’s North Side as the Democratic senator touted a bill she has co-sponsored that would impose tougher safety measures on railroads carrying volatile crude oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota through population centers and environmentally […]

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Rochester Fire Department trains for hazardous material railroad spills

Rochester Fire Department trains for hazardous material railroad spills

May 25, 2015 |KTTC| ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Oil train derailments in past years have everyone talking, and practicing for the worst. On Friday, the Rochester Fire Department took their test for how to handle hazardous material incidents on railroads. For the past three days, the Rochester Fire Department has been working with Canadian Pacific […]

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