Archive for November, 2015

Heat caused Montana train derailments, BNSF says

November 4, 2015 | Grand Forks Herald | CULBERTSON, Mont. – Two July train derailments in eastern Montana, including one that spilled 35,000 gallons of Bakken crude, were caused by tracks that buckled in the heat, according to BNSF Railway. BNSF attributes the July 16 incident that caused 22 oil tankers to derail east of […]

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Environmentalist Moms Protest Bakken Oil Trains

November 3, 2015 | WXXI News | An environmental group is calling for an end to Bakken oil trains in Fairport. Mothers Out Front originated in Massachusetts, but they’ve gained momentum in the Rochester area, specifically because the region is a pass-through for these trains. Keri Kaminsky is a leader of the group. She says […]

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Railroad secrets: FRA implores transparency from Canadian Pacific on bridge, but is that happening?

Railroad secrets: FRA implores transparency from Canadian Pacific on bridge, but is that happening?

October 29, 2015 | Fox6| MILWAUKEE — Six months ago, FOX6 News uncovered a risk on the rails — safety concerns with a Canadian Pacific railroad bridge over S. 1st Street in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward. FOX6’s investigation has now exposed more than just a problem with that overpass. It has torn the veil of secrecy […]

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Railroads serving East Tennessee turning to chemicals as coal revenues fall

Railroads serving East Tennessee turning to chemicals as coal revenues fall

November 1, 2015 | Knoxville News Sentinel | Thousands of rail tank cars roll through the cities, suburbs and rural areas of East Tennessee day and night, moving chemicals and energy products desperately needed by a variety of industries that provide thousands of jobs throughout the region. The commodities these tank cars carry are wide […]

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Train car carrying toxic chemical derailed 9 miles before reaching Maryville evacuation site

November 1, 2015 | The Daily Times | KNOXVILLE — A train car carrying a toxic chemical reportedly derailed several miles before reaching west Maryville and catching fire, leading to the evacuation of 5,000 residents earlier this year. Two federal lawsuits filed against CSX Transportation Inc. in the July 1 incident now say the train […]

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Lawyer in derailment case says Conrail misled court

Lawyer in derailment case says Conrail misled court

October 30, 2015 | Philly.com | A lawyer representing plaintiffs in federal litigation over the 2012 Paulsboro train derailment asserted in a filing Thursday that Conrail misled the court about its training program, leading to an adverse ruling against those suing over the accident and chemical spill. The filing in U.S. District Court in Camden […]

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North Dakota oil slump affects Minnesota sand mining, rail shipping

October 30, 2015 | Pioneer Press | The need for sand to help produce North Dakota oil has fallen with the price of oil, but probably will rise again. The same is true with oil train traffic taking crude oil to refineries. Minnesota Legislative Energy Commission members learned those and other facts Wednesday as they […]

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Audit Finds Montana Railroad Safety Lacking as Oil Traffic Rises

Audit Finds Montana Railroad Safety Lacking as Oil Traffic Rises

October 30, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal | HELENA, Mont.—Montana’s oversight of railroad safety falls short at a time when crude-oil train traffic from the Bakken region, already high, is only expected to increase, a new audit found. Montana has no active rail-safety plan and employs only two inspectors to cover the state, the […]

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Dayton’s angry letter highlights missed opportunity to improve oil-train safety

Dayton’s angry letter highlights missed opportunity to improve oil-train safety

October 31, 2015 | Star Tribune | Railroads, with the help of mostly Republican legislative allies, handily derailed Gov. Mark Dayton’s ambitious oil-train safety initiative last session — a package that would have assessed the state’s four major haulers $330 million over 10 years to improve rail crossings throughout the state. But the bristling tone […]

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