Archive for August, 2015

No injuries in Marshall County train derailment

  August 13, 2015 | WTOV9| NEW MARTINSVILLE, West Virginia — Officials were on the scene of an early morning train derailment in Marshall County. Cars from a CSX Rail derailed less than a few car lengths from the Axial Chemical Plant just outside of New Martinsville. CSX made the call to 911 around 2:30 […]

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N.D. hires BNSF manager as inspector for state rail safety program

August 10, 2015 | Grand Forks Herald |BISMARCK – A manager for the railroad involved in two fiery oil train derailments in North Dakota during the past two years has been hired as the first track inspector for a new state-run rail safety program. Karl Carson will go to work for the state Public Service […]

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Hazmat team called to train derailment in Spring

Hazmat team called to train derailment in Spring

August 10, 2015 | Click2Houston.com | The Spring Volunteer Fire Department said a rear locomotive car on its side is leaking oil and the Harris County Hazmat team is en route. Officials said six dry cargo cars overturned, but they are causing no hazard. [Read the entire article here.]

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Wis. residents upset about sand, oil train delays

August 10, 2015 | Winona Daily News | AUBURNDALE, Wis. — Neighbors living near railroad tracks in Wisconsin are becoming increasingly concerned about long train blockages since an increase in sand and oil shipments have caused them to grow into a frequent and dangerous disruption. The amount of industrial sand used in fracking that’s transported […]

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Two Frieght Trains Collide – Four Injured

August 8, 2015 | WMAZ | Four people were injured Friday when two Norfolk Southern freight trains collided at about 1:15 p.m. at Sunhill Grange and Sunhill roads. Two members of the crew were flown by helicopter to an Augusta hospital and the other two were treated at a local hospital. One of the trains was traveling east […]

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Oil Train Derailments Pose Huge Risks

August 8, 2015 | Energy & Capital | About 40 miles west of Williston, North Dakota — the epicenter of the Bakken oil formation — sits a tiny rural town that was recently rocked by a strange occurrence. Culbertson, Montana, a town of less than 1,000 people just north of the Missouri River, saw a massive train derailment […]

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Washington state poised to become leader in oil train safety ahead of massive increase in traffic

Washington state poised to become leader in oil train safety ahead of massive increase in traffic

August 8, 2015 | Puget Sound Business Journal| Washington state is quickly becoming a leader in crude oil train safety standards. That’s good because the state is gearing up to become a high-traffic zone for the controversial trains. “You can never be complacent with safety. Unfortunately, accidents happen no matter how safe you’re trying to […]

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AAR: Carload traffic drops 6.5% in July

AAR: Carload traffic drops 6.5% in July

August 7, 2015 | Railway Age| In reporting weekly U.S. rail traffic, as well as volumes for July 2015 and the first seven months of 2015, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) revealed on August 5, 2015 that U.S. carload traffic in July dropped 6.5%, while intermodal saw a gain of 3.5% from July 2014. […]

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Judge allows marsh work to proceed; temporarily halts new rail traffic

Judge allows marsh work to proceed; temporarily halts new rail traffic

August 4, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| BNSF Railway can continue building a second track through the La Crosse River marsh, but a judge ruled the railroad won’t be allowed to run trains on it until a legal challenge works its way through the courts. A group of rail safety and environmental advocates led by […]

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Mystery of the unexploded oil train

Mystery of the unexploded oil train

August 2, 2015 | Philly.com| A BNSF train pulled out of a terminal in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale region last month, hauling 106 tank cars filled with crude oil on a westward journey to a refinery near Ferndale, Wash. It didn’t get far. Just 30 miles into its thousand-mile-plus trek to the Pacific Coast, the […]

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