Archive for May, 2015

EM train derailment under investigation

May 6, 2015 | Quad Cities Online| EAST MOLINE — Railroad officials are trying to determine why a pair of tanker cars  came off  the tracks in East Molilne on Monday. According to hazardous material numbers on various tanker cars, contents included acetone, anhydrous ammonia and isopropanol, a highly flammable chemical that “may form an explosive mixture […]

D.C. group files another motion to halt CSX tunnel project

D.C. group files another motion to halt CSX tunnel project

May 6, 2015 | Washington Post | The Committee of 100 on the Federal City is appealing a District Court decision that denied its request to block reconstruction of the Virginia Avenue tunnel in Southeast Washington. The group, which serves as a watchdog on transportation issues, is seeking a halt to the project before “irreversible construction […]

Rail Executive Blasts Oil-Train Rules

Rail Executive Blasts Oil-Train Rules

May 6, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal| Norfolk Southern Corp. Chief Executive Charles W. “Wick” Moorman said that the rail industry will challenge the federal government’s new crude-by-rail rules, adding regulators have “made some serious mistakes in the regulations.” The new safety rules could make shipping crude oil by train prohibitively expensive, Mr. Moorman […]

Train cars jump the track in East Moline

Train cars jump the track in East Moline

May 5, 2015 | KWQC| EAST MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) It’s not your typical train derailment, in fact you can barely notice a problem, but two rail cars were off the track in East Moline. Both cars involved in the derailment have since been rerailed with a “final clear” coming from BNSF Railway soon. [Read the […]

Schumer wants faster oil train changes than Obama

Schumer wants faster oil train changes than Obama

May 5, 2015 | The Hill| Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is introducing legislation to require faster implementation of a series of regulations regarding the transportation of crude oil that were unveiled last week by the Obama administration. Schumer’s legislation would require freight rail companies to phase out older rail cars that have been blamed for […]

The dangers of crude oil trains and the new rules to help

The dangers of crude oil trains and the new rules to help

May 5, 2015 | WGN News | Some call them bomb trains. They are trains loaded with crude oil and some head straight through Chicago-area towns. Since February, four of these trains have derailed in the U.S. and Canada and caused fiery explosions. One happened 160 miles outside Chicago in Galena. No one was killed […]

DOT-117 tank car rule debuts with controversy

DOT-117 tank car rule debuts with controversy

May 4, 2015 | Railway Age |The final spec for the now-official DOT-117 (TC-117 in Canada) non-pressurized tank car adopts the most demanding of the technical requirements first offered for comment in the notice of rulemaking: jacketed and thermally insulated shells of 9/16-inch steel, full-height half-inch-thick head shields, sturdier, re-closeable pressure relief valves and rollover protection for top […]

Strict enforcement of trespass law by BNSF could put Wisconsin shoreline off limits

Strict enforcement of trespass law by BNSF could put Wisconsin shoreline off limits

May 3, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| GENOA, Wis. — Charles Burch was heading to his favorite ice fishing spot, a Mississippi River backwater south of Genoa, when he ran into a railroad detective. The 74-year-old angler said the cop asked where he was headed. “Obviously I’m going fishing,” Burch said, retelling the story. The […]

New Oil-By-Rail Regulations Are Big Win for Oil and Rail Industries, Won’t Stop “Bomb Trains”

New Oil-By-Rail Regulations Are Big Win for Oil and Rail Industries, Won’t Stop “Bomb Trains”

May 2, 2015 | DESMOG | The long-awaited oil-by-rail regulations released today are basically a guidebook for the oil and rail industries to continue doing business as usual when it comes to moving explosive Bakken crude oil by rail. DeSmog recently reported on how the Obama administration has worked behind the scenes to help achieve the […]

Feds’ new oil train rules make oil cars safer but not the cargo they carry

Feds’ new oil train rules make oil cars safer but not the cargo they carry

May 1, 2015 | Seattle PI |he Obama administration released long awaited safety rules for oil trains on Friday, with delayed standards for safer tank cars and no requirement that the fuel inside be processed to make it safer. The rules were jointly announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Canada’s Transportation Minister Lisa […]