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Union Pacific Cars Derail Near Superior

Union Pacific Cars Derail Near Superior

October 25, 2016 | WPR | Four Union Pacific cars derailed from BNSF track just before midnight Monday night in the Town of Superior. Town of Superior Fire Department Chief Darryl Fiegle said volunteer fire crews arrived to find three tank cars rolled on their side and one leaking a flammable liquid called octene that’s […]

Crews clean up chemical leak after train derailment near Superior

Crews clean up chemical leak after train derailment near Superior

October 25, 2016 | Duluth Tribune News | Hazardous materials workers from three major railroad companies continued work to contain a derailment spill of the combustible material octene south of Superior on Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported as the result of the spill that happened late Monday and closed a portion of State Highway […]

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.  

Information about railroad hazards must be shared

April 1, 2016 | Star Tribune | Late last month, the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Callaway joined the growing list of Midwestern cities that no one wants to be on: the communities where freight train derailments have occurred. On March 24, a tanker truck apparently pulled in front of a Canadian Pacific Railway train […]

Railroad Officials Clash With Lawmakers Over Safety Bill

Railroad Officials Clash With Lawmakers Over Safety Bill

April 1, 2016 | WCCO  Minnesota railroad officials are strongly opposing a bill at the state legislature which toughens up rail safety laws, calling it unnecessary. The bill greatly expands rail safety requirements, and requires railroads to provide more detailed information faster about trains carrying hazardous materials, like oil. Minnesota passed new rail safety laws […]

Thank YOU!!!

Thank YOU!!!

CARS – Citizens Acting for Rail Safety as well as those who follow the DOT-111 Reader were able to raise $3,845 yesterday to help the MEA – Midwest Environmental Advocates. The MEA has worked tirelessly to advocate for citizen groups throughout the Midwest on matters related to rail expansion,  frac-sand mining industry, unsustainable farming practices […]

PHMSA oil train official steps down

September 24, 2014 | Energy Global | Cynthia Quarterman, the federal regulator who oversaw expansion of the US oil train sector and the fallout from several fiery derailments, will step down, according to reports. As administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) since November 2009, Quarterman has been a leading safety official […]

U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

U.S. Transportation Secretary Meets With La Crosse Residents To Discuss Rail Safety

September 24, 2014 | WPR | A room filled with train conductors, federal rail officials, local lawmakers and community activists voiced their concerns to Foxx about rail traffic in the region, which has been increasing thanks to oil shipments from North Dakota and elsewhere that run through Wisconsin. Some people talked about safety and response issues, while […]

Transportation secretary hears concerns on rail safety

Transportation secretary hears concerns on rail safety

September 23, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | Anthony Foxx took over the U.S. Department of Transportation just days before an oil train derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and leveling buildings in Lac-Megantic, Canada. Ever since, the transportation secretary said he has focused on figuring out how the DOT can better secure the ever-growing […]

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo

Mystery trains: Crews, communities in the dark on chemical cargo

September 23, 2014 | MPR News| At least 18 times in the past three years BNSF Railway freight trains rolled west out of Minneapolis pulling cars filled with hazardous chemicals that were not on the trains’ official cargo list, according to train crew complaints. That’s contrary to federal regulation because in case of an accident, […]