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Judge says BNSF permits valid for La Crosse River marsh expansion

Judge says BNSF permits valid for La Crosse River marsh expansion

May 19, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune| A judge has determined state wildlife officials followed state law in issuing permits for BNSF Railway to build a second track through the La Crosse River marsh. A group of area residents last year challenged the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ decision and asked the court to block […]

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Freight train jumps tracks in Charlemont

Freight train jumps tracks in Charlemont

May 14, 2016 | The Recorder | HARLEMONT — A derailment Saturday along the south bank of the Deerfield River left 18 freight cars listing crazily on the tracks, but firefighters said the three carrying hazardous materials did not leak. Charlemont Fire Chief Douglas Annear said there were no injuries. The cause of the accident […]

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Decision on Phillips 66 rail spur project could come Monday

Decision on Phillips 66 rail spur project could come Monday

May 14, 2016 | San Luis Tribune | A tentative decision by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission on a highly controversial proposal to add a rail spur to the Phillips 66 Nipomo Mesa refinery could be made Monday — though it’s tentative because whatever decision that panel makes will be appealed to the Board […]

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Protest Against Crude Oil Trains Brings Thousands to Capital Region

Protest Against Crude Oil Trains Brings Thousands to Capital Region

May 14, 2016 | TWC NEWS | ALBANY. N.Y. — An international movement right here in the Capital City. Break Free 2016 is the global fight against fossil fuels and crude oil trains that lumber though our cities. “The kind of power we have comes with our voices, our spirits and our bodies,” said event […]

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The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Denies Gateway Pacific Terminal

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Denies Gateway Pacific Terminal

May 13, 2016 | Railway Age| The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied and halted the permitting process for the $700 million Gateway Pacific Terminal project in Washington State because of objections by the Native Americans of Lummi Nation based on their land and fishing treaty of 1855. [Read the entire article here.]

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Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

May 12, 2016 | Railway Age | In a rarity in Congress, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act on May 11, 2016. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Only 225 Of Over 100,000 Unsafe Tank Cars Were Retrofitted in First Year

Only 225 Of Over 100,000 Unsafe Tank Cars Were Retrofitted in First Year

May 9, 2016 | DESMOG | A year ago, when Federal regulators announced new rules for “high hazard” trains moving crude oil and ethanol, the oil industry protested that the rules were too strict. The main point of contention made by the American Petroleum Institute (API) was that the requirement to retrofit the unsafe DOT-111 […]

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Coal train derails in Eastern Kanawha County

Coal train derails in Eastern Kanawha County

May 5, 2016 | Charleston Gazette-Mail | A train hauling coal overturned in the eastern part of Kanawha County Thursday evening, blocking the road for about two hours. The derailment happened just after 5 p.m. near the intersection of Cabin Creek Road and Ronda Road. The train, which has 150 cars and is 8,000 feet […]

WPR Segment on Rail Safety

WPR Segment on Rail Safety

May 5, 2016 | WPR | The state of Wisconsin lags behind neighboring states when it comes to freight train safety according to La Crosse’s fire chief and a member of a citizens group that advocates for more safety measures. Rail safety has been a concern for many in recent years as an increase in […]

Sodium hydroxide, Calcium Chloride and Ethanol leak from derailment in Washington D.C.

May 1, 2016 | ABC News |Mayor Muriel Bowser said no trains will be running on the tracks Monday and CSX couldn’t say how long the cleanup might take. “We understand that this a significant inconvenience to commuters and to this community so we’re working as quickly as we possibly can with safety as the […]