Archive for November, 2015

In Wake Of Derailments, Lawmaker Proposes New Rail Safety Regulations

In Wake Of Derailments, Lawmaker Proposes New Rail Safety Regulations

November 11, 2015 | WPR | State Rep. Jill Billings says she thinks the state can do more to prevent future rail accidents. Billings has introduced new legislation to improve rail safety regulations in Wisconsin that she says would increase safety standards for railroad companies and provide funding for more rail inspectors and training for […]

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Feds reject call for tougher fire-resistance for crude oil tank cars

Feds reject call for tougher fire-resistance for crude oil tank cars

November 10, 2015 | Chicago Tribune |Federal officials have rejected a call to toughen the fire-resistance of railroad tank cars that carry highly flammable crude oil, hundreds of which pass through the Chicago area each day. The U.S. Department of Transportation is standing by its decision issued last spring that new and retrofitted tank cars […]

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Evacuees home after derailment

Evacuees home after derailment

November 10, 2015 | Daily Union | WATERTOWN — Families evacuated after a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed Sunday in the City of Watertown, spilling fewer than 500 gallons of crude oil, were allowed back in their homes Monday night. Watertown Mayor John Da­vid announced the news to residents of the approximately 35 homes near […]

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Derailment cleanup continues in Alma; long-term environmental impacts unlikely

Derailment cleanup continues in Alma; long-term environmental impacts unlikely

November 10, 2015 | Winona Daily News | Cleanup efforts continued Monday on the railroad tracks near Alma after a BNSF train derailed there Saturday morning, spilling more than 18,500 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River backwaters, an amount that may or may not create a noticeable environmental impact. BNSF spokesperson Amy McBeth said […]

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Watertown derailment had upgraded tankers, Alma’s did not

Watertown derailment had upgraded tankers, Alma’s did not

November 10, 2015 | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | A rail accident near Alma on Saturday that sent ethanol into the Mississippi River involved a class of tankers that are being phased out and replaced with tankers that have more safety features. A second accident on Sunday in Watertown that resulted in the spill of crude […]

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Train hits Road Grader, causes derailment in Des Moines County

Train hits Road Grader, causes derailment in Des Moines County

November 9, 2015 | KWQC | DES MOINES COUNTY, Iowa (KWQC) – Crews were called to the scene of a train derailment Monday morning, November 9, 2015. The Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at Hwy 34 and 210th Ave. west of Danville, Iowa where a road grader was struck by a train. […]

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The Latest Updates on both CP and BNSF Derailments

The Latest Updates on both CP and BNSF Derailments

November 9, 2015 | AP| WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) — The latest developments following the derailments of two trains that spilled loads in Wisconsin this past weekend (all times local): 2:51 p.m. Canadian Pacific Railway has placed 12 of 13 derailed train cars back on the tracks in southern Wisconsin where hundreds of gallons of crude […]

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EPA Website for Alma Spill

EPA Website for Alma Spill

November 9, 2015 | EPA | When hazmat spills occur, the EPA assigns an on-scene coordinator.  The OSC provides updates to the spill on their website. For those wishing to follow EPA reports on the Alma spill, [you can follow along here.]

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18,500 gallons of ethanol spilled into Mississippi

18,500 gallons of ethanol spilled into Mississippi

November 9, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | he train that derailed north of Alma on Saturday morning dumped an estimated 18,500 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River, officials said Sunday, as work continued to monitor the spill, rerail cars and repair tracks, with plans to re-open the tracks Monday. [Read the entire article […]

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Canadian Pacific: 13 rail cars derailed in Watertown; less than 1,000 gallons of crude oil leaked

Canadian Pacific: 13 rail cars derailed in Watertown; less than 1,000 gallons of crude oil leaked

November 8, 2015 | Fox 6| WATERTOWN — A Canadian Pacific train, with some cars carrying crude oil, derailed in Watertown on Sunday afternoon, November 8th — and dozens of homes were evacuated. Evacuated residents got word Sunday night that they would NOT be allowed back in their homes. Canadian Pacific officials say the derailment […]

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