Archive for August, 2015

Oil-train safety must remain a priority

Oil-train safety must remain a priority

August 24, 2015 | PostBulletin.com| Lack of action during this year’s legislative session doesn’t mean nothing’s being done regarding rail safety as oil trains keep passing through the state and region. About 3,000 firefighters and other emergency responders from 80 departments throughout the state have been trained to respond quickly to oil-train-related disasters, and the […]

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Sheep Fire closes Highway 2 and BNSF railway near Essex

Sheep Fire closes Highway 2 and BNSF railway near Essex

August 22, 2015 | KRTV | KALISPELL – Because of the advance of the Sheep Fire toward U.S. Highway 2, the highway and the BNSF railway near Essex are being closed to traffic. [Read the entire article here.]

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As oil train burned, firefighters waited 2 hours for critical details

As oil train burned, firefighters waited 2 hours for critical details

August 22, 2015 | McClatchy DC | Newly released documents show that firefighters responding to an oil train derailment and fire last year in Lynchburg, Va., waited more than two hours for critical details about the train and what was on it. The Lynchburg Fire Department’s battalion chief, Robert Lipscomb, told investigators that it took […]

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Documents detail facts of Lynchburg oil train derailment

Documents detail facts of Lynchburg oil train derailment

August 22, 2015{ Roanoke.com| Documents released as part of a federal investigation shed light on factors leading up to the 2014 Lynchburg crude oil train derailment, but don’t point to the actual cause of the incident. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board shows rail problems near where the CSX Transportation Inc. train derailed […]

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Crews continue to clear tracks following train derailment in N. Charleston

Crews continue to clear tracks following train derailment in N. Charleston

August 20, 2015 | WISTV | NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Officials with Norfolk Southern say crews are continuing to clear railroad tracks in North Charleston after a train derailment on Wednesday. “We are nearly finished moving the locomotives, rail cars and containers off the tracks,” said Susan Terpay with Norfolk Southern. According to officials, […]

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Judge Orders Public Disclosure of Dangerous Oil Train Shipments in Maryland

August 19, 2015 | CCAN | BALTIMORE—A state judge ruled Friday that Maryland residents have a right to access information about the movement of dangerous and potentially explosive crude oil trains in their communities. Rail companies CSX and Norfolk Southern had sued the Maryland Department of the Environment last summer to prevent the state from releasing […]

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UD expert calls on oil train operators to step up safety measures

UD expert calls on oil train operators to step up safety measures

August 19, 2015 | Delaware Public Media | Oil trains en route to Delaware City Refinery could be made safer with the adoption of more than two dozen measures recommended this week by a University of Delaware expert. Prof. Allan Zarembski called on railroads and government officials to implement the measures in a report commissioned […]

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New York mum on Pennsylvania report calling for oil train safety steps

New York mum on Pennsylvania report calling for oil train safety steps

April 19, 2015 | Times Union| An international expert on railroad safety has laid out steps to make crude oil trains safer in a report to Pennsylvania, including installation of special sensors on tracks to detect potential damage from pounding by heavily-laden oil trains. The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo is reviewing the 83-page report, […]

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Crews Remain On Scene Of Train Derailment In Robertson County Texas

August 17, 2015 | KBTX| ROBERTSON COUNTY, TX – Crews remain on the scene Sunday of a train derailment that happened Saturday in Robertson County. “We are still in the recovery and repair process. We anticipate having the tracks open between 5 and 6 pm. We do not have an official cause yet as it […]

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BNSF Railway Fined $86,000 for Dumping Toxic Chemicals in Washington Waters

BNSF Railway Fined $86,000 for Dumping Toxic Chemicals in Washington Waters

August 11, 2015 |Clapway|The BurlingAton Northern Sante Fe Railway (BNSF)—the second largest railroad network in North America—was recently fined by Washington for illegally dumping toxic materials in bodies of water located in Whatcom and Skagit county water bodies. This recent misconduct comes as no surprise to Washington officials, who have been fining BNSF for such illegal […]

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