Archive for May, 2015

CSX train sparks brush fire in Haverstraw

May 25, 2015 | The Journal News | HAVERSTRAW – Fire crews were called to a fire along the CSX railroad tracks Sunday night. Authorities said the fire was sparked by a passing train. When they arrived on scene, at about 7 p.m., firefighters discovered the train had ignited several small fires on the River […]

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Small town’s residents see remainder of oil train derailment

May 24, 2015 | The Bismark Tribune | HEIMDAL (AP) — Residents of a small North Dakota community are seeing what’s left over from the derailment of an oil train carrying about 180,000 gallons of crude. The train derailed and caught fire May 6, with the mainline running through the 22 person town of Heimdal. […]

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With Rail Traffic Down Nationally, BNSF Furloughs Employees

May 22, 2015 | Flathead Beacon| BNSF Railway is furloughing employees in Northwest Montana and across its 32,000-mile system as freight traffic on America’s rails declines. According to the Association of American Railroads, the number of freight car loads moved during the first full-week of May was down 7.9 percent from the same week last […]

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Skagit County judge dismisses Shell lawsuit over oil train facility EIS

May 22, 2015 | The Bellingham Herald |A Skagit County Superior Court judge dismissed a Shell lawsuit this morning, which means the company’s proposed oil train unloading facility will need an environmental impact statement before being built. The decision was a victory for Washington Environmental Council, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and other environmental groups […]

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NY state to rule soon on crude oil facility at Albany port

NY state to rule soon on crude oil facility at Albany port

May 21, 2015 | The Sacramento Bee| New York state regulators are expected to decide soon on a permit for a facility at the Port of Albany that critics say would make the port a hub for heavy Canadian tar sands crude oil as well as the millions of gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude […]

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BNSF faces fines related to oil spills, but has until 2016 to respond

BNSF faces fines related to oil spills, but has until 2016 to respond

May 21, 2015 | KGMI | B-N-S-F Railway is facing some stiff fines related to oil spills, but it has until next year to respond. Rail regulators from the State Utilities and Transportation Commission say B-N-S-F didn’t properly report several spills, including one discovered in Whatcom County. [Read the entire article here.]

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BNSF to run second track through Milford

BNSF to run second track through Milford

May 21, 2015 | The Milford Times |  BNSF Railway representatives were faced with opposition from some Milford residents when they spoke at a special Milford City Council meeting on May 12. Mike Schaefer, a BNSF construction engineer based out of Lincoln, spoke about the railroad’s intent to lay a second track through Milford. [Read […]

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North Dakota Crude Train Service Resumes But Questions Remain

North Dakota Crude Train Service Resumes But Questions Remain

May 21, 2015 | NGI Shale Daily| Bakken Shale crude oil shipments via train have resumed in North Dakota, but there remain unanswered questions about what caused 10 tanker cars to derail and ignite in Heimdal, ND, earlier this month. A spokesperson for BNSF, the railroad involved in the derailment, told NGI‘s Shale Daily on […]

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Train derailment evacuation expected to last until 6 a.m. Wednesday

Train derailment evacuation expected to last until 6 a.m. Wednesday

May 19, 2015| WAFB|ADDIS, LA (WAFB) –Four chemical tankers derailed at the interchange on Peter Messina Road in Addis around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials ordered the evacuation of Acadian Crossing and Sunset neighborhoods, and areas within 1,000 feet from the derailment site. The evacuation will begin at 7 p.m. and could possibly last until 6 […]

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Environmental Groups Sue, Charge Oil Train Safety Rules Inadequate

May 18, 2015 | Insurance Journal | Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are too weak to protect the public. The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, charge that the rules, issued on May 1, […]

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