Archive for November, 2015

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

November 30, 2015 | DESMOG| On November 12th, I boarded a train headed to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the first national independent gathering focused on the topic of oil trains. The trip would take me through Philadelphia where an Amtrak train crashed in May resulting in eight fatalities and over 200 injuries. There is general consensus […]

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Oil train safety concerns cast shadow over cross-border rail deal

Oil train safety concerns cast shadow over cross-border rail deal

November 30, 2015 | McClatchy DC | WATERTOWN, Wis. Concerns about the safety of crude oil trains loom over a proposed rail takeover that would create the largest rail system in North America. Last week, Alberta-based Canadian Pacific made public its plan to acquire Virginia-based Norfolk Southern. The $28.4 billion deal would need to be […]

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Crews work to clean up train derailment in Laurel County

Crews work to clean up train derailment in Laurel County

November 30, 2015 | WKYT | EAST BERNSTADT, Ky. (WKYT) – Authorities in Laurel County were busy after a train derailed late last night. Dispatchers in Laurel County tell WKYT that officers responded around 11:30 p.m. Sunday after a CSX train derailed just north of East Bernstadt. They say at least five to six rail […]

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Train derailment in West Springfield; bridge re-opened

November 24, 2015 | WWLP | WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Five train cars derailed just west of the CSX rail yard in West Springfield Tuesday morning, causing the closure of a nearby bridge. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge (commonly referred to as the Strathmore Bridge) between West Springfield and Agawam was closed for hours following […]

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Washington shaping new rules to guide oil transport

Washington shaping new rules to guide oil transport

November 23, 2015 | Bakken.com | OLYMPIA, Wash. — State regulators are working on new rules that will guide the transportation of crude oil across Washington state. The Department of Ecology is developing a rule that will require facilities to give the state advance weekly notice about crude oil shipments they receive. Pipelines would be […]

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Can Pennsylvania officials do more to address crude oil train safety?

Can Pennsylvania officials do more to address crude oil train safety?

November 23, 2015 | WITF | Other states with heavy crude-by-rail traffic have passed various laws to address safety. Pennsylvania legislators have not. They hug rivers, breeze by farms and cross 100-year-old bridges. They chug past hospitals, schools, stadiums and many, many homes. And sometimes, they derail. As shipments of crude oil by train have […]

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CN train derails north of Manteno; no injuries or leaks reported

CN train derails north of Manteno; no injuries or leaks reported

November 23,2015 | Daily Journal | Manteno, IL — A Canadian National Railway freight train carrying at least one tank of hydrochloric acid derailed just before 11:55 p.m. sending six cars off the track just south of the 11000N Road crossing at Illinois Route 50. Only two people — the train’s conductor and engineer — […]

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Three derailments are three too many

November 23, 2015 | Winona Post | It’s hard to believe Andy Cummings, spokesperson for Canadian Pacific Railway, when he says CP Rail feels it is “absolutely” safe to resume the transportation of oil in the wake of the three derailments last week in Wisconsin. The first derailed (BNSF) train hurled 32 cars off the […]

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Rail safety fight rolls into election politics

Rail safety fight rolls into election politics

November 22, 2015 | Freight rail companies have enjoyed a surge in profits in recent years, thanks in part to the Bakken oil boom. But the profits have come with new political peril, as elected officials — on the DFL side especially — have taken up the cause of oil train safety with gusto. Some […]

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Freight train toxic soil derailment

Freight train toxic soil derailment

November 22, 2015 | News 12 | NUTLEY – A freight train derailment left a mess in Nutley Saturday afternoon. The train, operated by Norfolk Southern, was making a run from the old Roche Pharmaceuticals campus when it derailed. The rail company says some soil containing lead and PCBs was spilled. [Read the entire article […]

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