Archive for May, 2015

Vandalism on inactive rail line used to justify oil train secrecy

Vandalism on inactive rail line used to justify oil train secrecy

May 11, 2015 | McClatchy DC| Part of the federal government’s justification for keeping details about oil trains secret is literally hiding in the weeds on the South Dakota prairie. Itself hidden on page 255 of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 395-page final rule on trains carrying large volumes of flammable liquids, the example is […]

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BNSF to reopen track at site of ND oil train derailment, fire

May 8, 2015 | MPR News| BNSF Railway is preparing to reopen its mainline track near the central North Dakota town of Heimdal where an oil train derailed and caught fire. The state Health Department says the railroad is making progress on cleaning up the oil that didn’t burn in the Wednesday wreck but instead […]

Oil in North Dakota Derailment Was Treated to Cut Volatility

Oil in North Dakota Derailment Was Treated to Cut Volatility

May 8, 2015 | ABC News | A shipment of oil involved in an explosive train derailment in North Dakota had been treated to reduce its volatility — a move that state officials suggested could have reduced the severity of the accident but won’t prevent others from occurring. Hess Corporation spokesman John Roper said the […]

Four injured in freight train derailment in North Texas

May 8, 2015 | Business Insider| AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Four people were injured when a BNSF freight train derailed in northern Texas on Friday, with high winds and flooding likely causing it to go off the tracks, a company spokesman said. The train was carrying a non-hazardous mix of freight and 17 cars derailed, […]

Our view: DNR’s actions damage public’s trust

Our view: DNR’s actions damage public’s trust

May 8, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune|With such a lofty mission, Wisconsin residents deserve to expect the DNR to be open and transparent when considering requests — and amended requests — to allow construction in valuable and valued wetlands that provide habitat for endangered and threatened species in an urban setting. [Read the entire article […]

Marsh work proceeds as legal case grinds on

Marsh work proceeds as legal case grinds on

May 8, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| Legal wrangling over whether the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources followed state statutes when it issued BNSF Railway a permit to build a second line through the La Crosse River marsh could drag on through the summer — even as construction continues. Members of Citizens Acting for Rail […]

New rules may make it harder to get information on Bakken oil trains

New rules may make it harder to get information on Bakken oil trains

May 8, 2015 | Star Tribune | WASHINGTON – New federal rules that aim to improve oil train safety may actually make it harder for Minnesotans to learn about the highly explosive Bakken crude rolling through their communities. Federal and state legislators worry that changes in mandatory railroad reporting requirements will make it more difficult […]

North Dakota oil train derailment, town evacuation restart rail safety debate in Minnesota

North Dakota oil train derailment, town evacuation restart rail safety debate in Minnesota

May 6, 2015 | Star Tribune| The noise rattled Curt Benson’s home like thunder. “I heard an explosion, loud enough that I could hear it inside my house with the radio on, and I knew it couldn’t be good,” said Benson, a retired Washington state sheriff who had returned to his hometown of Heimdal, N.D., […]

Oil train derails, catches fire in central North Dakota, prompting evacuation of small town

Oil train derails, catches fire in central North Dakota, prompting evacuation of small town

May 6, 2015 |  U.S. News | BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state’s oil patch, but it wasn’t immediately known whether it had been treated under new state rules aimed at reducing the volatility of oil from the […]

Oil train derailment prompts evacuation

Oil train derailment prompts evacuation

May 6, 2015 | The Pueblo Chieftain | ISMARCK, N.D. — An official says a train was hauling crude from North Dakota’s oil patch when it derailed and caught fire in a rural area of the state. Jeff Zent, a spokesman for Gov. Jack Dalrymple, says the train was carrying Bakken oil loaded in the […]