Archive for April, 2016

Helms predicts oil will come back ‘with a rush’

Helms predicts oil will come back ‘with a rush’

April 19, 2016 | The Bismark Tribune | WILLISTON – North Dakota’s top oil regulator had a message for Williston leaders this week: Get ready. When – not if – oil prices increase, drilling crews will be back in the Bakken eager to make up for lost time, said Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms. […]

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Decline in oil production levels off

Decline in oil production levels off

April 19, 2016 | The Bismark Tribune | A recent sharp dive in oil production leveled off in February, reported the state’s top oil and gas industry regulator on Friday during his monthly media briefing on production figures. The Department of Mineral Resources reported preliminary February oil production of 1,118,333 barrels per day, a slight […]

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No decision on Phillips 66 oil-by-rail proposal after fifth day of hearings

No decision on Phillips 66 oil-by-rail proposal after fifth day of hearings

April 15, 2016 | The Tribune |After a fifth daylong hearing, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission did not come to a decision on a controversial proposed rail spur project at the Phillips 66 Nipomo Mesa refinery and scheduled a sixth and possibly final hearing for May 16. During Friday’s hearing, the commission considered […]

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Rail Safety Efforts

Rail Safety Efforts

  April 11, 2016 | News 8000 | A report on the Alma, WI and Brownsville, MN derailments, new MN legislation and an interview with CARS – Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, La Crosse. [Watch the video here.]

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Railroad bridges at Arches need repair

Railroad bridges at Arches need repair

April 11, 2016 | Winona Post | Winona’s rusty through-truss bridge over the Mississippi River is not the only historic bridge in need of repair in Winona County. The Arches’ namesake bridge is in need of repair, according to county officials. Winona County staff warned the bridge’s owner, the railroad, about the problem in 2010, […]

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Reports: human error, defective rail blamed in Mississippi River derailments

Reports: human error, defective rail blamed in Mississippi River derailments

April 8, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | BNSF Railway says human error caused the Nov. 7 derailment that sent more than 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River near Alma, Wis., while a broken rail has been blamed for a January derailment in Houston County, Minn. Both derailments remain under investigation by the […]

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Minnesota legislators want railroads to open books on emergency response

Minnesota legislators want railroads to open books on emergency response

April 8, 2016 | Star Tribune | The emergency management director for St. Paul held up a sheet of paper covered with a large black square. It was a redacted record he had requested to learn how railroad companies would respond to a potential oil train derailment in his city. “The good news is that […]

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Residents remain concerned over crude oil trains in NorCal

Residents remain concerned over crude oil trains in NorCal

April 6, 2016 | KCRA | The passionate debate is renewed in Benicia as the oil company Valero appeals a decision that prevented more oil trains. [Watch the video here.]

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Tracking the oil train menace

Tracking the oil train menace

April 6, 2016 | The Philadelphia Tribune | Teresa Hill thinks she knows exactly what can happen when living too close to railroad line whose trains carry crude oil. A former resident of Southwest Philadelphia, Hill recently moved from her residence at 67th Street and Elmwood Avenue, where she had been living for a year. […]

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Video: MN Transportation and Public Safety Committee Webcast Re Rail Safety and Training

April 3, 2016 | Minnesota Senate | A very revealing hearing regarding new legislation to enhance the current legislation regarding rail safety, first responder training and the sharing of information with first responders. Watch the video above or watch it from the MN Senate website by clicking here.