Archive for January, 2016

Regulators Tighten Enforcement of Rail-Safety Rules

Regulators Tighten Enforcement of Rail-Safety Rules

January 20, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal | Federal regulators are enforcing rail-safety rules more stringently, issuing more alleged violations against Amtrak and freight carriers amid worries over shipping crude oil and hazardous chemicals. The Federal Railroad Administration leveled 6,485 violations carrying civil penalties against railroads in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, up […]

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There Will Be Blood – Oil Train Regulations Fail To Address Known Risks

There Will Be Blood – Oil Train Regulations Fail To Address Known Risks

January 18, 2016 | Desmog | “Railroad rules have been written in blood.” This line was included in the annual report of the Commissioner of Railroads for the state of Michigan — in 1901. The idea was that safety rules were only implemented when enough blood had been spilled. One hundred and fifteen years later, in […]

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Road remains closed after train derailment

Road remains closed after train derailment

January 18, 2016 | Huron Daily Tribune | BAD AXE — A train derailment that took place Friday afternoon still has East Woodworth Street near the railroad tracks closed until cleanup can take place. The derailment occurred near the Huron and Eastern Railway building at the end of Irwin Street, where four cars were affected. […]

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The great condensate con: Is the oil glut just about oil?

January 17, 2015 | Resource Insights | My favorite Texas oilman Jeffrey Brown is at it again. In a recent email he’s pointing out to everyone who will listen that the supposed oversupply of crude oil isn’t quite what it seems. Yes, there is a large overhang of excess oil in the market. But how […]

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Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

January 12, 2016 | The News and Advance| Bakken crude oil shipments by rail have fallen with oil prices, but danger along Virginia’s rails has not gone away, members of the Railroad Safety and Security Task Force said. The task force called by Governor Terry McAuliffe after the CSX Transportation Inc. train derailed in downtown […]

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Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense

Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense

January 13, 2016 | Alternet | Five climate justice activists went on trial in Washington state Monday for tying themselves to a 25-foot tripod structure to block a mile-long oil train. The protesters, members of the activist group Rising Tide Seattle, demanded a halt of shipments of fossil fuels through the Northwest following a string […]

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Oil trains sidelined by deepening slump in US shale

Oil trains sidelined by deepening slump in US shale

January 11, 2015 | Financial Times |High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ff7d4f20-b64d-11e5-8358-9a82b43f6b2f.html#ixzz3xAIU5tjz The amount of oil hauled on US railways has declined […]

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Members of oil train blockade to appear in Lynnwood court Monday

Members of oil train blockade to appear in Lynnwood court Monday

January 10, 2015 | My Edmonds News| They are Mike LaPointe, Patrick Mazza, Jackie Minchew, Liz Spoerri and Abby Brockway, and they call themselves the “Delta 5.” They will appear before Judge Anthony Howard in Lynnwood’s Snohomish County South District Court at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. The five face charges of trespass and blocking […]

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Harvard law clinic joins Albany County in oil train challenge

January 10, 2015 | Times Union|Lawyers and students from Harvard Law School will help Albany County make its case in a lawsuit that claims a new federal rules on oil train safety are not strict enough, County Executive Daniel McCoy said Thursday. The school’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic will help the county draft […]

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N.D. oil trains shift route back to northeast Minneapolis tracks, BNSF reports

N.D. oil trains shift route back to northeast Minneapolis tracks, BNSF reports

January 10, 2015 | Star Tribune|Most of the North Dakota crude oil trains crossing Minnesota no longer pass through west metro suburbs and downtown Minneapolis, according to a railroad route update. BNSF Railway, the largest Bakken oil hauler, notified Minnesota officials in December that it has shifted crude-by-rail traffic back to its usual route via […]

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