Archive for August, 2015

BNSF: Court ruling will have serious impact on northern U.S. economy

BNSF: Court ruling will have serious impact on northern U.S. economy

August 31, 2015 | News 8000|LA CROSSE. Wis. (WKBT) –Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad is challenging a court ruling that does not allow trains to use the second track it’s adding through La Crosse until after a hearing late next month, but in documents filed this week by a BNSF attorney, the company said the […]

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BNSF: Court order could disrupt economy

BNSF: Court order could disrupt economy

August 28, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| BNSF Railway says a temporary court injunction against use of its new track through the La Crosse River marsh would damage the railroad and disrupt the economy of the northern part of the country. In documents filed this week, attorneys for BNSF challenge an order issued earlier this […]

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Evacuation planning for train derailment throughout La Crosse Co.

Evacuation planning for train derailment throughout La Crosse Co.

August 27, 2015 | News 8000| This stems from a second Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line being added through La Crosse. One of those six areas is Brice Prairie. Tuesday night La Crosse County Emergency Management held a meeting for residents and community leaders to discuss concerns and hopefully find a safe evacuation plan. […]

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States Step Up Scrutiny of Oil Train Shipments

States Step Up Scrutiny of Oil Train Shipments

August 27, 2015 | Governing.com| When it comes to regulating railroads, states usually let the federal government determine policy. But mounting concerns about the safety of oil trains are making states bolder. In recent months, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington state have taken steps to strengthen oversight of the freight rail industry. The three join several […]

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Santa Clara County Supes approve resolution against oil train project

Santa Clara County Supes approve resolution against oil train project

August 25, 2015 | KRON | SAN JOSE (BCN) — The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a resolution against a project that would bring trains carrying oil through the county. The proposed rail spur extension project in San Luis Obispo County would allow up to five trains with 80 cars to travel through […]

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Railroads balk at making oil disaster plans public

Railroads balk at making oil disaster plans public

August 25, 2015 | MPR News| Some 300,000 Minnesotans live within a half mile of railroad tracks that carry crude oil. But almost none of them have been able to see emergency plans the railroads were required to submit by July 1. So far, only authorized local emergency officials have been allowed to review the […]

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Frustration rises over rough railroad crossings

Frustration rises over rough railroad crossings

August 25, 2015 | Green Bay Press Gazette| ignificant delays in repairs to bad railroad crossings owned by Canadian National Railway have prompted Green Bay officials to seek permission to fix the crossings without the company’s consent. Roughshod crossings are located all across Green Bay. The City Council ordered repairs to three of them considered […]

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Cities’ bills in CSX derailment add up to $226K, more expenses to come

Cities’ bills in CSX derailment add up to $226K, more expenses to come

August 25, 2015 | WBIR| (WBIR) The cities of Maryville and Alcoa incurred expenses totaling more than $225,000 responding to the July 1 CSX train car fire, with more estimated expenses still to be submitted by Blount County. Maryville submitted expenses as of Aug. 17 totaling $175,533.93 to the rail company, according to figures obtained […]

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First responders concerned about possible oil train derailment in St. Louis

First responders concerned about possible oil train derailment in St. Louis

August 24, 2015 | Fox2Now|ST. LOUIS (KTVI) –St. Louis` Fire Chief says our region is not prepared for an oil train derailment and that it could wipe out an entire neighborhood. ‘It`s a moving pipeline,’ Mechelle Minden said. Minden is a member of the group called St. Louis for Safe Trains. Minden added that the […]

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BNSF lawyer asks for delay in lawsuit in 2013 Casselton train derailment

BNSF lawyer asks for delay in lawsuit in 2013 Casselton train derailment

August 24, 2015 | WDAY| FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A lawyer for BNSF says a civil lawsuit against the railway over a derailment near Casselton nearly two years ago should be put on hold until it can be determined whether a broken axel was the cause of the fiery crash. Bryan Thompson, of Fargo, was […]

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