Archive for March, 2016

Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

March 8, 2016 | Richmond Times-Dispatch| The derailment of a train carrying highly volatile crude oil in downtown Lynchburg two years ago would not have occurred if CSX Transportation had time to carry out the recommendations of a working group on rail failure accepted two weeks before the accident, a federal safety agency has concluded. […]

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We must recognize the dangers of crude oil rail traffic

March 8, 2016 | Journal Sentinel| A ferocious explosion and fireball followed a Wisconsin Central train wreck in the frigid predawn hours of March 4, 1996, in Weyauwega. Two thousand citizens, many fleeing without pets or medications, were evacuated for 18 days as the fires burned. Authorities feared additional explosions that would catapult shrapnel a […]

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SLO region a high-hazard area for oil train derailment

March 8, 2016 | The Tribune | Linda Haas from Tehachapi doesn’t “get it,” lamenting that when the U.S. “tries to be self-sufficient concerning anything we do with oil, there are protests” (“U.S. needs to be its own well-oiled machine,” March 5). According to a 2014 interagency report on oil and rail safety, “In California, […]

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NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

March 2, 2016 | NTSB | The NTSB has issued its findings regarding the Lynchburg crude oil train disaster. [Read the findings here.]

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Clean-up continues after Ripley train derailment, residents to return home Wednesday night

March 2, 2016 | WGRZ | OWN OF RIPLEY, NY – Cleanup continues in Ripley on Wednesday following Tuesday’s nights train derailment. About 45 homes were evacuated a nearby church, and those residents will be allowed to return home Wednesday night around 10 p.m. The Chautauqua County Emergency Services director says 16 cars of a […]

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Vermont Rail pressed for freight depot details

Vermont Rail pressed for freight depot details

March 1, 2016 | Burlington Free Press | SHELBURNE – Concerns regarding a proposed rail-freight depot along the LaPlatte River in Shelburne brought more than 300 people Tuesday night to the Shelburne Community School. A battery of questions about water quality, wildlife, traffic and neighborhood noise animated the crowd for about three hours. [Read the entire article here.] […]

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Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

March 1, 2016 | Legislative Gazette | Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration successfully inspected crude oil tank cars and rails that transport oil across the state. Inspection teams examined 215 crude oil tank cars, approximately 190 miles of track and 26 […]

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Two Northwest Oil Train Projects Flop

Two Northwest Oil Train Projects Flop

March 1, 2016 | Sightline Institute| In the first month of 2016, a pair of fledgling oil-by-rail projects abruptly collapsed in Oregon and Washington. One on the Columbia River, which had been operating since 2012, abruptly laid off more than half its workforce as it pivoted away from crude. The other, a proposal on the […]

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