Archive for April, 2016

Bomb Trains – The Scariest Threat You Didn’t Know About

Bomb Trains – The Scariest Threat You Didn’t Know About

April 28, 2016 | Chicago Magazine | They could not look more ominous. The long coal-black tubes announce themselves by their distinctive shape and color, their markings too small to read from the street. The 30,000-gallon tank cars roll, sometimes 100 at a time, in trains of up to one mile in length. Their cargo? […]

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Adequate insurance urged for potentially volatile oil trains

April 28, 2016 | Business Insurance | New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx calling on the federal government to require railroads that transport oil to carry adequate insurance to cover cleanup costs and other liabilities associated with major rail accidents. [Read the entire article […]

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No injuries, no spill in Jersey City freight train derailment

No injuries, no spill in Jersey City freight train derailment

April 23, 2016 | pix11 | JERSEY CITY, N.J. —  Authorities say no one was injured and nothing was spilled when freight train cars derailed in Jersey City Saturday morning. The derailment happened at 10:30 a.m., at the Newark Avenue crossing. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman, Joseph Pentangelo, says Saturday […]

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Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

April 22, 2016 | WPR | Thanks to a law that took effect earlier this year, a number of Wisconsin officials have been requesting and receiving bridge inspection reports from railroads. However, those officials say that the documents they’re receiving are coming up short with specifics. The Federal Railroad Administration has received 42 requests for rail […]

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Rail meetings draw ire over lost river access

Rail meetings draw ire over lost river access

April 22, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | STODDARD, Wis. — Despite compromise efforts to create more crossings, western Wisconsin sportsmen are angry over loss of access to Mississippi River caused by enforcement of a railroad trespassing law. About 200 people turned out Thursday afternoon for two listening sessions held by Sen. Jennifer Shilling of […]

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Residents, railroads at odds over rail trespassing law

Residents, railroads at odds over rail trespassing law

April 21, 2016 | News8000 | VERNON COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) –A rail trespassing law was the center of a local listening session Thursday. State Senator Jennifer Shilling held two listening sessions in De Soto and Stoddard about rail safety Thursday. Much of the session was about a rail trespassing that makes crossing rail tracks illegal […]

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Benicia Looks to Federal Regulators to Resolve Oil-by-Rail Controversy

Benicia Looks to Federal Regulators to Resolve Oil-by-Rail Controversy

April 21, 2016 |KQED |Benicia’s City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to postpone a decision on Valero’s plan to build a railroad terminal at its refinery near the Suisun Bay. Chris Howe, health and safety director for the Valero refinery, said the company asked to delay the decision until the federal agency that regulates railroads provides […]

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Federal Railroad Administration proposes “two-crew minimum”

Federal Railroad Administration proposes “two-crew minimum”

April 20, 2016 | WXOW | The Federal Railroad Administration has released a proposal to require all freight and passenger trains across the country to operate with a crew of no fewer than two people. The proposed mandate follows a year with a number of train derailments and accidents including one in Quebec that killed […]

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Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

April 19, 2016 | Penn Energy|HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission hopes to come up with a rail safety plan within six months after a report criticized the agency for having never written one, even as the train traffic carrying volatile crude from the Bakken oil patch has increased. [Read the entire article […]

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NY organizations call for federal oil rail transport ban

NY organizations call for federal oil rail transport ban

April 19, 2016 | Sun Community News | PLATTSBURGH — A coalition of environmental groups and public officials gathered last week to call for a federal ban of oil transport by trains along the shorelines and communities of Lake Champlain and the Hudson River. Up to 30 million gallons of explosive crude oil is transported […]

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