Archive for October, 2015

Railroad Work Is Getting More and More Dangerous. These Workers Want To Change That.

Railroad Work Is Getting More and More Dangerous. These Workers Want To Change That.

October 17, 2015 | In These Times|CHICAGO—Railroad workers from around the country and Chicago residents stood on an overpass on a recent bright September Sunday, watching a seemingly endless line of black tanker cars pass on the railroad tracks below. The train was likely carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale in North Dakota, judging […]

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House bill could shield oil train spill response plans from disclosure

House bill could shield oil train spill response plans from disclosure

October 16, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON A House of Representatives bill unveiled Friday could make it more difficult for the public to know how prepared railroads are for responding to oil spills from trains, their worst-case scenarios and how much oil is being transported by rail through communities. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oil train hearing set for Monday in Lynnwood

October 17, 2015 | Herald Net| LYNNWOOD, WA — Snohomish County residents Monday can help regulators shape a critical study of an Anacortes refinery project that could bring more oil trains through the community. The state Department of Ecology will conduct a hearing to hear concerns that the public wants addressed in the upcoming review […]

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Oil train decline not permanent, energy consultant says

October 16, 2015 | Times Union| An international energy consultant says while sliding global oil prices may have reduced the number of oil trains coming through the Port of Albany, don’t expect the long lines of black tankers to decline dramatically or disappear altogether. James Clad, senior adviser to the CNA Corp. consulting firm and […]

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Train carrying sulfuric acid derails in Big Sandy

Train carrying sulfuric acid derails in Big Sandy

October 15, 2015 | CBS19| UPDATE: BIG SANDY (KYTX) – The clean-up is underway after a train derailment early Thursday near Hwy 80 in Big Sandy. According to Big Sandy Fire Chief Chris Overby, 11 cars derailed shortly after 4:00 a.m. Two of the tanker cars containing sulfuric acid are on their side. The tanker […]

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BNSF Rail Project Progressing Despite Concerns from Mpls. City Officials

October 14, 2015|Eyewitness News| The city of Minneapolis believes a major railroad company is crossing the line but hasn’t been able to slow a controversial rail expansion. Burlington Northern Santa Fe is extending an existing track through Northeast Minneapolis to ease rail congestion. Construction started in early September even though homeowners near Seventh Street Northeast […]

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Firefighting foam to be deployed along NY oil train routes

October 14, 2015|Post Star| ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighting foam used to fight oil train spills and fires is being deployed to 19 cities across New York state. The foam concentrate is stored in trailers along with equipment needed to apply the foam to an oil spill. The foam forms a blanket over oil spills […]

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Albany County wins grant to prepare for oil-train derailment

Albany County wins grant to prepare for oil-train derailment

October 12, 2015 | Times Union| The Capital Region’s hazardous materials squad has won a state grant to prepare for a potentially disastrous oil train derailment. But while much of debate about oil train safety locally has focused on the Port of Albany, which has swiftly grown to one of the nation’s busiest rail-oil hubs, […]

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Activists warn of danger of crude oil train transport through Chicago area

Activists warn of danger of crude oil train transport through Chicago area

October 12, 2015 | Chicago Sun-Times| Environmental activists protested at the Canadian Consulate on Monday over crude oil transportation policies. They say the safety rules are insufficient to protect against incidents like the July 2013 derailment in Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada, where a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, wiping out dozens of buildings […]

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Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

October 9, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON Two separate tests in the two months prior to a fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia earlier this year showed the presence of a rail defect, according to a report on the incident. But neither the railroad nor the contractor who did the tests followed up on […]

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