Archive for June, 2015

Canadian Pacific challenging responsibility for Lac-Megantic disaster in court

June 16, 2015 | National Observer| A judge has begun hearing arguments that could determine the fate of more than $431 million destined for victims and creditors of the 2013 train disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que. Lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway — the sole firm accused of responsibility in the rail disaster not to participate in […]

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BNSF Expects Crude-by-Rail Volumes to Grow After Price Rebound

June 16, 2015|Bloomberg News| A 37 percent rebound in oil prices will boost crude-by-rail shipments as drillers complete more wells and extract more crude that U.S. pipelines don’t have the capacity to handle, Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC executive chairman Matthew K. Rose said Monday. BNSF is preparing for a recovery after shipments of crude […]

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How oil train derailment rocked a community

How oil train derailment rocked a community

June 16, 2015 | Philly.com| HEIMDAL, N.D. – Arden Georgeson, 78, thought the dark column rising skyward was a tornado. He shouted to his wife, Linda, 72, to run to the cellar. Then the Georgesons made out orange flames along the railroad tracks adjoining their farm, and the source of the smoke came into focus: […]

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New Jersey Senate panel advances measures to improve oil train safety

New Jersey Senate panel advances measures to improve oil train safety

June 15, 2015 | North Jersey.com| A package of bills designed to improve the safe operation of freight trains that transport millions of gallons of volatile crude oil through North Jersey every week passed a state Senate committee Monday and now moves to the full Senate for a vote. One of the bills would require […]

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Train cars fall from bridge, block Houston roadway

Train cars fall from bridge, block Houston roadway

June 13, 2015 | KHOU | HOUSTON – After a day of clean up after a train derailed along Old Katy Road, officials said the road should be reopened by Friday morning. The incident happened around 8:30 a.m. near Washington Avenue, just north of the Katy Freeway. According to a spokesman Jeff Degraff with Union […]

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Train derailment clean-up to last into Thursday

Train derailment clean-up to last into Thursday

June 13, 2015 | Fox 2 Now|EUREKA, MO (KTVI) – A huge cleanup of a train derailment in Eureka will continue into at least Thursday. Even in the intense heat, workers were scrambling to deal with the 27 car derailment of a Union Pacific train.  The cars went off the tracks Tuesday afternoon.  No one […]

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Transparency Sought in Train Derailment Settlement

June 13, 2015 | WSJ | Some of the world’s biggest oil companies are chipping in to repay victims of a deadly train derailment, but unless a bankruptcy judge says otherwise, the amounts they’re paying will remain secret. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oil Train Secrets: Fighting For Information In The Northwest

Oil Train Secrets: Fighting For Information In The Northwest

J une 13, 2015 | KUOW| EVERETT, Wash. – Dean Smith, 72, sits in his car by the tracks north of Seattle. It’s a dark, rainy Tuesday night, and Smith waits for an oil train to come through town. These trains are distinctive: A mile long, they haul 100 or so black, pill-shaped cars that […]

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Mock derailment tests emergency response

Mock derailment tests emergency response

June 11, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | On a balmy September afternoon, a freight train hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil derails as it crosses Pammel Creek on the South Side of La Crosse, spilling about 100,000 gallons of the volatile cargo. Traffic comes to a halt as motorists stop to gawk at […]

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Oil Trains Don’t Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn

Oil Trains Don’t Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn

June 11, 2015 | thuth-out.org| In May, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health-care professionals from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) called on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to take a stronger position against proposed oil-by-rail shipping terminals in their respective states, in order to insure the health and physical security of […]

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