Archive for February, 2016

Oil train safety gets an important boost

Oil train safety gets an important boost

February 18, 2015 | The Sacramento Bee | Officials in the Sacramento region have every right to raise safety concerns about oil trains rumbling through. Now they have key allies in their cause. Last week, the city of Benicia’s planning commission unanimously rejected a plan by Valero Refining Co. to take deliveries twice a day […]

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The Train Derailment That Gushed Oil Into A Quebec River Has Spawned Freaky Fish

The Train Derailment That Gushed Oil Into A Quebec River Has Spawned Freaky Fish

February 17, 2015 | Vice News | Two-and-a-half years after a train carrying millions of gallons of crude oil derailed and exploded in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, scientists are finding deformities in the fish living in nearby rivers. That’s led the government to a revelation: crude oil is bad for fish. No shit. […]

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Battle for access: Sports, industry groups square off over Wisconsin rail trespass bill

Battle for access: Sports, industry groups square off over Wisconsin rail trespass bill

February 17, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | Wisconsin hunters and anglers are lining up against big industry groups in a fight to restore access to thousands of acres of public land and waters essentially cut off by railroad tracks. Last year, the BNSF Railroad began issuing warnings to anglers crossing its tracks to reach […]

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Legislature sidestepped records law in shutting down public access to oil train data

February 15, 2016 | Pen Bay Pilot| After a runaway oil train killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, just miles from the Maine border in 2013, the Maine public demanded to know more about the railways here. How much oil was moving through Maine? Which companies shipped it and along what routes? Was the government […]

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Officials Say Rail Safety Has Improved, Though Some Are Still Skeptical

  February 15, 2016 | WCCO | Railroad officials in Minnesota told state lawmakers today they significantly improved their safety records in 2015. That’s after widespread complaints from the Minnesota legislature about increased oil train traffic, and danger from possible derailments and explosions. Thousands of rail cars carrying highly flammable North Dakota crude oil pass […]

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2,800 tons of soda ash spill in derailment near American Falls, ID

2,800 tons of soda ash spill in derailment near American Falls, ID

February 10, 2015 | KIDK| A freight train derailed about 100 yards west where Fish Hatchery Road crosses the tracks. near American Falls Wednesday morning. According to Sheriff Jim Jeffries, a train carrying soda ash derailed at around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning spilling approximately 2,800 tons of the chemical product. 31 rail cars are currently […]

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Rail regulators adopt rules to address oil train safety

Rail regulators adopt rules to address oil train safety

February 12, 2015 | KXRO | State regulators took an important step in updating rail safety rules to address the increase in crude oil being transported by train across the state. The Utilities and Transportation Commission adopted new rules to: Set minimum safety requirements and conduct inspections of private crossings located on oil train routes; […]

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Chlorine Trains Pose an Even Deadlier Threat Than Oil Trains

Chlorine Trains Pose an Even Deadlier Threat Than Oil Trains

February 9, 2015 | Take Part| Much has been said about the dangers of oil trains following several high-profile accidents, including a fiery 2013 crash in Quebec that killed 50 people. Now a report from Greenpeace points to another potential hazard that could be even deadlier: chlorine trains. Eighty-six plants across the United States use chlorine […]

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Vegetable oil bill barely clears low hurdle in Washington Senate

Vegetable oil bill barely clears low hurdle in Washington Senate

February 9, 2014 | Capital Press | OLYMPIA — A bill to exempt vegetable oil from new railroad safety rules narrowly slipped through a Senate committee last week, but the close vote indicated substantial support among Democrats and state agencies for regulating shipments of canola oil along with crude oil. The Republican-led Energy, Environment and […]

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IEA: Oil glut could still grow in second half of 2016

IEA: Oil glut could still grow in second half of 2016

February 9 ,2016 | Fuelfix.com | HOUSTON — Market optimism underpinning oil prices this month is probably wrong, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday, as its view of the global oversupply of crude worsened. Even if OPEC kept oil production flat, worldwide crude inventories could climb by 2 million barrels a day in the first […]

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