Archive for July, 2015

Canadian Pacific says bridge report not available to city leaders

Canadian Pacific says bridge report not available to city leaders

July 10, 2015 | WISN | MILWAUKEE —Milwaukee city leaders were expecting results Thursday of an inspection of a railroad bridge that is carrying an increasing number of oil trains through the city. Instead, the public safety committee learned the bridge report is off limits. To the naked eye, the bridge at First and Oregon […]

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First responders recover after train derailment

First responders recover after train derailment

July 10, 2015 | WBIR | (WBIR – MARYVILLE) – A week after the mass evacuation from a Blount County train derailment, it’s much quieter at Blount County Fire Department Station 2. That’s quite alright with Chief Doug McClanahan. “It’s been a pretty trying time for everybody,” McClanahan said. [Read the entire article here.]

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City Weighs Options For Crude Oil Traveling By Rail

City Weighs Options For Crude Oil Traveling By Rail

July 10, 2015 | WYPR | Huge amounts of crude oil are passing through Maryland every year by rail. A dramatic expansion of oil and gas production in the US has left drillers with a central question: How do you get the crude from the oil fields in the middle of the country to  refineries on the […]

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Crude Oil Characteristics Research

Crude Oil Characteristics Research

July 10, 2015 | Energy.gov| The DOE Office of Fossil Energy wanted to identify the actions needed to obtain a science-based understanding of outstanding questions associated with the production, treatment, and transportation of various types of crude oil, including Bakken crude oil. In support of that effort, DOE – in collaboration with the Department of […]

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Derailment fallout concerns Blount Co. farmers

July 9. 2015 | WBIR | (WBIR – MARYVILLE) – Some Blount County farmers worry about their crops and livestock in the wake of last week’s CSX train car derailment. The incident caused a tank car to leak the toxic chemical acrylonitrile. John Wilson is the director of UT Extension’s Blount County office. He said […]

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Protests sparked on the second anniversary of ‘bomb train’ disaster

July 9, 2015 | MSNBC| Two years ago this week, a runaway oil train roared down hill and exploded, killing 47 people in the middle of the night. It decimated the small town of Lac-Megantic, Canada, and set off a roiling storm of protest that is peaking again with more than 80 planned actions against […]

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Freight Train Derailment Causes Ordeal for Amtrak Passengers

Freight Train Derailment Causes Ordeal for Amtrak Passengers

July 8, 2015 | ABC News| What was to be a five-hour trip between Chicago and St. Louis turned into a 14-hour ordeal for passengers aboard an Amtrak train due to a truck accident and the derailment of a freight train. The train left Chicago late Monday with 150 passengers and returned to the city […]

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Legislators, residents hold news conference on oil train safety

Legislators, residents hold news conference on oil train safety

July 7, 2015 | Star Tribune| A group of DFL legislators, firefighters and other emergency officials and a citizen group used the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster to hold a news conference demanding oil train safety. That disaster killed 47, and decontamination continues today. Members of Citizens Acting for Rail Safety held signs that […]

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4 Minnesota oil train disaster plans haven’t been released to public

4 Minnesota oil train disaster plans haven’t been released to public

July 7, 2015 | Fox Twin Cities|Some Minnesota lawmakers and railroad safety advocates are concerned that new disaster plans are not being released to the public. They gathered Tuesday morning, on the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic disaster in Quebec, to say the state’s plans are essential in coordinating resources should an oil train disaster […]

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Refracking is the new fracking

Refracking is the new fracking

July 7, 2015 | Fuel Fix| he technique itself is nothing new. Oil crews across the world have been schooled on its simple principles for generations: Identify aging, low-output wells and hit them with a blast of sand and water to bolster the flow of crude. The idea originated somewhere in the plains of the […]

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