Archive for June, 2015

U.S. court dismisses challenge to California oil train law

June 24, 2015 | Reuters | A federal court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging a California state law requiring spill response plans and other safety measures for trains transporting crude oil, ruling that the matter was not yet “ripe” for review. [Read the entire article here.]

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Canadian Pacific Rail says cooperating with safety probe

June 23, 2015 | Reuters | Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said on Monday it is cooperating with a new federal safety investigation, after a media report raised allegations that it failed to apply adequate brakes when parking a train carrying flammable oil on a mountain slope in British Columbia. The federal transport department confirmed that […]

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Canada charges 6 in 2013 oil train disaster

Canada charges 6 in 2013 oil train disaster

June 23, 2015 | The Hill | Canadian federal officials hit six railroad employees with criminal charges stemming from a July 2013 oil train disaster in Quebec that killed 47. Transport Canada said the employees were responsible for the train not having its brake properly engaged on the night of the derailment and explosion in […]

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Judge delays decision on halting BNSF construction

Judge delays decision on halting BNSF construction

June 23, 2015 | WXOW| La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Scott Horne will have another month to decide whether to issue an injunction on the behalf of a local citizens advocacy group, which would temporarily halt construction on the second BNSF rail line through the marsh. C.A.R.S, or Citizens Acting for Rail Safety filed […]

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Marsh rail more than half complete; attempt to halt work to take another month

Marsh rail more than half complete; attempt to halt work to take another month

June 23, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | The wheels of justice are no match for a modern railroad. As legal efforts to stop work a second BNSF Railway track in the La Crosse River marsh wind their way through the courts, BNSF says the project is more than halfway done. A group of rail […]

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Forums will focus on upcoming decisions affecting oil train traffic

June 22, 2015 | The Spokesman Review| Laura Ackerman works at the Saranac Building in Spokane, a short walk from BNSF Railway’s train tracks. Oil trains pass her office on a daily basis, and more will roll through downtown if a new crude oil terminal is built 350 miles away in Vancouver, Washington. Upcoming decisions on Western […]

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Surge in rail traffic derails daily life in Ranier, Minn.

Surge in rail traffic derails daily life in Ranier, Minn.

June 21, 2015 | Star Tribune | RANIER, Minn. ­– The whistle from across the border gave warning, as it does 22 times a day, that anyone with places to go or people to meet would have to wait. Thundering slowly across the bridge from Fort Frances, Ontario, a trio of red train engines pulled […]

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California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

June 21, 2015 | indybay.org|“What should be the top priority, student and school staff safety, or oil company profits? We hope that the elected officials of San Luis Obispo County believe that their first responsibility is to the health and well-being of students and families that go to school and live near the railroad tracks,” […]

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Legal Challenge Brought Over Oil Train Safety Rules

Legal Challenge Brought Over Oil Train Safety Rules

June 21, 2015 | KMA Land| (KMAland) — A legal challenge has been mounted against the U.S. Department of Transportation, claiming proposed new agency rules don’t do enough to protect Iowans and others across the country who live along oil train routes. The environmental lawfirm Earthjustice is representing the groups that filed the administrative appeal. […]

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Tank car upgrades cut risk of rail spills, fires, Canadian report shows

Tank car upgrades cut risk of rail spills, fires, Canadian report shows

June 20, 2015 | McClatchy DC|Tank car improvements required by the U.S. and Canadian governments last month should cut the risk of spills and fires in oil train accidents, Canadian investigators have concluded. The finding came from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s investigation of on a derailment in January 2014 in Plaster Rock, New […]

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