Archive for September, 2015

Judge urges transparency from DNR, BNSF in marsh construction

Judge urges transparency from DNR, BNSF in marsh construction

September 4, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| A La Crosse judge is encouraging the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to be more transparent in its oversight of the BNSF Railway’s construction of a controversial second track through the La Crosse River marsh. At issue is whether the railroad has maintained proper erosion controls during the […]

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Northeast Minneapolis neighbors surprised, angered by BNSF’s rail expansion

Northeast Minneapolis neighbors surprised, angered by BNSF’s rail expansion

September 4, 2015| Star Tribune| A quiet street in northeast Minneapolis has been upended by BNSF Railway’s sudden plans to expand its tracks closer to houses there, simultaneously leveling a thick tree buffer that once shielded residents from the 92 trains — several carrying crude oil — that pass through every day. It has grown […]

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How has Chicago prepared for an oil train derailment?

How has Chicago prepared for an oil train derailment?

September 4, 2015 | Crain’s| Mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil have become a common sight in cities around the U.S., raising concern about the possibility of a catastrophic derailment near crowded neighborhoods or critical infrastructure. In the wake of a half-dozen fiery crashes this year, the Associated Press surveyed nearly a […]

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Large U.S. Cities Prep for Oil Train Disaster

September 4, 2015| Claims Journal| They rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country – 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest. While railroads have long carried hazardous materials through congested urban areas, cities are now scrambling to formulate emergency plans and to train firefighters amid the […]

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Senate Panel Gets Earful Over Oil Train Concerns

Senate Panel Gets Earful Over Oil Train Concerns

September 2, 2015 | WCCO|  If you live or work anywhere near railroad tracks in Minnesota, you’ve no doubt seen the increase in freight traffic. Specifically, large unit trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. After a number of recent derailments, including spills and explosions, a panel headed by Minnesota […]

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Oil Trains Pose Serious Threat to Public Safety, Minn., Wis. Senators Say

September 2, 2015 | KSTP| Every day trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields pass through Minnesota, Wisconsin and several other states. Many of the trains pass directly behind homes and businesses in northeast Minneapolis where residents don’t feel safe. “Not at all,” said Catherine Dorr, who sees oil trains pass behind […]

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Train carrying corn derails in Prairie du Chien, raises concerns

September 1, 2015 | TH Oline| PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. — A BNSF train carrying corn derailed in southwest Prairie du Chien at about 6 p.m. Sunday, causing no injuries but raising fresh concerns about the community’s preparedness for a more serious derailment. Amy McBeth, a public relations director for BNSF, confirmed Monday that four […]

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Canadian Pacific spokesman: Improvements to be made to S. 1st Street bridge later this fall

Canadian Pacific spokesman: Improvements to be made to S. 1st Street bridge later this fall

  September 2, 2015 | Fox 6| MILWAUKEE — A Canadian Pacific spokesman tells FOX6 News the railroad company will make improvements to the S. 1st Street railroad bridge later this fall. FOX6’s Brad Hicks exposed flaws in the bridge that trains carrying explosive crude oil pass over. Inspectors found corrosion eating away at the vertical […]

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Victims of WV train derailment file lawsuit against CSX

Victims of WV train derailment file lawsuit against CSX

September 2, 2015 | WOWK| More than 200 victims of the Feb. 16 oil train derailment and explosion at Mt. Carbon, W.Va. have filed suit against CSX. The complaint, filed in Wayne County, alleges nuisance, trespass, economic loss, property damage and present and future expenses for monitoring and cleanup.  It also requests punitive damages. The […]

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Coalition threatens lawsuit over Albany oil train traffic

September 2, 2015 | The Washington Times| ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A coalition of residents, environmental groups and Albany County has filed a notice that it intends to sue a fuel transportation company over expanded oil train traffic at the Port of Albany. The group claims Global Partners violated the federal Clean Air Act. The […]

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