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Oil train numbers drop with oil prices

Oil train numbers drop with oil prices

February 3, 2017 | SWC Bulletin | ST. PAUL — A third as many trains haul North Dakota crude oil across Minnesota as two years ago. Falling oil prices forced a drop in oil output in the Bakken region in western North Dakota, which meant a dramatic drop in the number of trains needed to […]

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‘I have never seen anything more terrifying’

‘I have never seen anything more terrifying’

February 4, 2017 | Bay Today | It’s been almost two years since the Canadian National Railway (CN) train carrying crude oil from Alberta oil sands derailed just outside the town of Gogama, spilling an estimated 1 million litres of crude oil. Gogama fire Chief Mike Benson was the first responder on the night of the derailment […]

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BNSF to cut rates for ethanol shippers using DOT-117s

BNSF to cut rates for ethanol shippers using DOT-117s

January 26, 2017 | American Shipper | Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF Railway Co. is cutting freight rates for ethanol shippers that opt to use DOT-117 model tank cars starting in April, according to a customer advisory notice from the company. [Read the entire article here.]

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Rail Industry Eager for a New Trump Era Light on Safety Rules

Rail Industry Eager for a New Trump Era Light on Safety Rules

January 21, 2017 | DESMOG | “The policy landscape in Washington, D.C., dramatically shifted on Election Day…” While clearly not news to anyone, it was part of Edward Hamberger’s address to a conference in New York a week after Trump’s presidential victory. Hamberger is CEO of the rail industry lobbying group, the Association of American Railroads […]

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Report Shows 1,500 Oil Train Cars Per Week Through Washington

Report Shows 1,500 Oil Train Cars Per Week Through Washington

January 21, 2017 | OPB | In the final three months of 2016, railroads hauled 618 million gallons of oil through Washington. That means more than 1,500 rail cars every week hauling flammable crude through the state. Those numbers come from new reports from the Washington Department of Ecology, which for the first time detail what kinds […]

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Trucking, Rail Industries Team Up to Limit New Rules

Trucking, Rail Industries Team Up to Limit New Rules

January 12,2017 | The Wall Street Journal | The trucking and rail industries, often at odds in Washington, are teaming up to press the incoming Trump administration to limit the ability of transportation regulators to write new rules. Leaders of the industry trade groups say they are trying to unite transport representatives in Washington, including […]

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Union Pacific sues to force track expansion where crude oil train derailed last summer

January 11, 2017 | Omaha World-Herald | MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Union Pacific is asking a federal judge to reject local rules that threaten to derail its plans to add a second main track along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June. The Omaha-based railroad filed the lawsuit Tuesday against […]

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How the Spectre of Oil Trains is Deceptively Used to Push Pipelines

How the Spectre of Oil Trains is Deceptively Used to Push Pipelines

January 6, 2017 | Desmog Canada| Either support new pipelines or your community will be incinerated by an oil-carrying train. It sounds outrageous, but it’s been a foundational argument made by the pro-pipeline lobby ever since the horrific Lac-Mégantic disaster in 2013. “This is almost like putting a gun to the head of communities, saying ‘well, if […]

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NTSB still preparing report on 2013 oil train crash, explosion

NTSB still preparing report on 2013 oil train crash, explosion

Billings Gazette | December 30, 2016 | CASSELTON, N.D. — It’s been three years since a train derailment near here triggered an explosion that sent a massive fireball into the sky, highlighting the dangers of moving crude oil by rail. In that time, the National Transportation Safety Board has been investigating the Dec. 30, 2013, crash […]

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Citizens Acting for Rail Safety-La Crosse: Transporting oil comes with inherent risks

Citizens Acting for Rail Safety-La Crosse: Transporting oil comes with inherent risks

December 29, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | Recent oil industry statements promoting new pipelines as the solution to the hazards of shipping oil by rail are misleading and undermine efforts to improve public safety. Citizens Acting for Rail Safety opposes new oil pipelines because: More pipelines will not stop the movement of oil by […]

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