Archive for November, 2015

Amy McBeth: BNSF takes rail safety seriously

Amy McBeth: BNSF takes rail safety seriously

November 20, 2015 | LaCrosse Tribune | At BNSF Railway, we aren’t counting on luck as a safety strategy, as this paper’s editorial board suggests (Sunday’s Tribune). We begin with a comprehensive safety program dedicated to continuous risk reduction and then take additional steps, often beyond federal requirements, to reduce risk and improve safety for […]

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Second train worker sues BNSF over Casselton oil train explosion

Second train worker sues BNSF over Casselton oil train explosion

Novemeber 20, 2015 | InForum | FARGO – A train conductor in the massive oil tanker train derailment and explosion in Casselton about two years ago is suing BNSF Railway, claiming its negligent safety practices left him injured in the wreck. It’s the second lawsuit filed in Cass County District Court by a railroad worker […]

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Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

November 17, 2015 |McClatchy DC|WASHINGTON — The train that derailed earlier this month in Wisconsin and spilled 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River didn’t have a sufficient number of cars carrying flammable liquids to meet lower federal speed requirements. The government set the new requirements this year in response to safety concerns about […]

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Oil trains invite simultaneous terror attacks in US cities

Oil trains invite simultaneous terror attacks in US cities

November 15, 2015 | Examiner.com | The terror in Paris on November 13 brings home our nation’s vulnerability to potential catastrophes from trainloads of explosives that roll along through cities, towns and waterways. Before 9/11 and Paris, before Al Qaida and ISIS, these trains were carrying maple syrup; now, it’s oil and a smattering of […]

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Something Very Strange Is Taking Place Off The Coast Of Galveston, TX

Something Very Strange Is Taking Place Off The Coast Of Galveston, TX

November 15, 2015 | Zero Hedge | Having exposed the world yesterday to the 2-mile long line of tankers-full’o’crude heading from Iraq to the US, several weeks after reporting that China has run out of oil storage space we can now confirm that the global crude “in transit” glut is becoming gargantuan and is starting […]

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North Dakota posts 1.1 million barrels of oil daily in September

North Dakota posts 1.1 million barrels of oil daily in September

November 13, 2015 | Fuel Fix | BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources says the state’s oil production dropped by about 25,000 barrels a day in September. The agency says the state produced an average of 1.1 million barrels of oil daily in September. The September production was about 60,000 […]

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Boost rail safety before luck runs out

Boost rail safety before luck runs out

Novembmer 15, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| When it comes to rail safety, we shouldn’t have to count on luck. The derailment upriver more than a week ago could have been much, much worse. Frankly, it was bad enough. A derailed BNSF Railway freight train dumped as much as 20,000 gallons of ethanol in Mississippi […]

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Train derailment at Norfolk Southern Abrams Yard in Upper Merion under investigation

Train derailment at Norfolk Southern Abrams Yard in Upper Merion under investigation

November 13, 2015 | The Times Herald | UPPER MERION >> Five tanker cars on a train carrying heavy crude oil bound for New Jersey derailed near the Norfolk Southern Abrams Yard in King of Prussia Friday. No one was injured and no oil was spilled. The derailment occurred around 4:30 a.m. during switching operations […]

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Canadian oil trains to US to reach “staggering” levels

Canadian oil trains to US to reach “staggering” levels

November 13, 2015 | National Observer| Some call them bomb trains. Oil trains—loaded with explosive Canadian crude — are expected to roll into U.S. communities in “staggering” numbers, says a new study released Thursday by a Seattle sustainability think tank. Sightline Institute says oil shipped by rail into Washington and Oregon states alone will reach […]

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Accused in Lac-Mégantic derailment plead not guilty on federal charges

Accused in Lac-Mégantic derailment plead not guilty on federal charges

November 13, 2015 | Montreal Gazette | LAC-MÉGANTIC — A number of accused have pleaded not guilty to federal charges laid in connection with the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train derailment. The accused are all former employees of now-defunct Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd., and most were represented by lawyers in court on Thursday. [Read the entire article […]

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