Archive for April, 2017

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

April 15, 2017 | Spokane Journal of Business | One proposed ballot initiative that would put restrictions on oil and coal shipments via railroad through Spokane for public safety reasons is in the signature-gathering process, while another that sought to ban such shipments outright by codifying people’s right to a healthy climate has been withdrawn. […]

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Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

April 5, 2017 | ABC News| When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold the tracks in place. The previous year, cracks in a track that went unrepaired caused a train hauling oil […]

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322,000 Gallons of Ethanol Released in Fiery Iowa Derailment

April 4, 2017 | US News | GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have determined that 322,000 gallons of ethanol were released during a northwest Iowa train derailment that erupted into flames. The Union Pacific train derailed early March 10 on a trestle bridge spanning a creek near Graettinger (GREHT’-ihn-jur), about 160 miles (257 kilometers) northwest […]

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Railway Safety Advocates Raise Concerns Over Proposed Legislation

April 4, 2017 | KSTP | Railway safety advocates are worried private companies could avoid adequate liability under identical bills state lawmakers in both the House and Senate are trying to pass. The bills give the Metropolitan Council and counties the ability to contract with railroads “for the joint or shared use of the council’s […]

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