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Lowballed risks, errors discovered in Vancouver oil train terminal analysis

Lowballed risks, errors discovered in Vancouver oil train terminal analysis

December 11, 2015 | Oregon Live | Consultants evaluating a proposed Vancouver oil train terminal for a Washington state regulator vastly understate the worst-case scenario for a catastrophic oil spill, data from the United States and Canada show. Three of the four authors hired to write the analysis are former executives of BNSF Railway Co., […]

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End of Crude Oil Export Ban Is Possible

End of Crude Oil Export Ban Is Possible

December 10, 2015 | NY Times | WASHINGTON — For months, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, and Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota, formed a quiet, persistent alliance as they sought to convince their colleagues that it was time to end a more than 40-year ban on crude oil exports. They turned the […]

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How Cheap Crude Stalled America’s Booming Oil Trains

How Cheap Crude Stalled America’s Booming Oil Trains

December 9, 2015 | Bloomberg News| This year has already been the costliest by far for crude train explosions. Derailments in 2015 have caused $29.7 million in damage, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, a huge increase from $7.5 million in 2014. Most of this year’s price tag can be attributed to two crashes within a three-week span. [Read […]

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Railroads beat back new safety rules after derailments

Railroads beat back new safety rules after derailments

December 5, 2015 | LaCrosse Tribune| A pair of train derailments in 2012 that killed two people in Maryland and triggered a fiery explosion in Ohio exposed a little-known and unsettling truth about railroads in the U.S. and Canada: No rules govern when rail becomes too worn down to be used for hauling hazardous chemicals, […]

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Train safety provisions included in U.S. transportation bill

Train safety provisions included in U.S. transportation bill

December 4, 2015 | Milwaukee Sentintel | The mammoth five-year federal transportation bill that lawmakers hope to send to President Barack Obama early next week includes provisions, championed by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), that would require railroads to share critical safety information with local communities. “This legislation provides the transparency we’ve been begging and asking […]

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Second derailment in a matter of weeks

December 2, 2015 | WWLP | WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – For the second time in a matter of weeks, train cars derailed near the CSX rail yard in West Springfield. Three tanker cars went off the tracks off Circuit Avenue Wednesday morning. CSX Railways spokesperson Rob Doolittle told 22News that the three cars on […]

By December 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
The Flipside of Accuracy: NPR Report on Oil and Ethanol Train Derailments Full of Industry Talking Points

The Flipside of Accuracy: NPR Report on Oil and Ethanol Train Derailments Full of Industry Talking Points

December 2, 2015 | DESMOG |On November 7th, a train carrying ethanol in DOT-111 tank cars derailed in Wisconsin, resulting in rail cars rupturing and a spill of 18,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River. The next day, a train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in a residential area in Watertown, Wisconsin, resulting in a […]

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Video shows massive fireball engulfing hazmat workers at derailment site

December 2, 2015 | CBC News  | More than a year after a major Saskatchewan train derailment, dramatic video has emerged showing how two hazmat workers were almost killed. The video was taken by Wadena volunteer firefighter Brian Weber, on Oct. 7, 2014, the day of the CN Rail derailment near Clair, which is about […]

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“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

November 30, 2015 | DESMOG| On November 12th, I boarded a train headed to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the first national independent gathering focused on the topic of oil trains. The trip would take me through Philadelphia where an Amtrak train crashed in May resulting in eight fatalities and over 200 injuries. There is general consensus […]

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Oil train safety concerns cast shadow over cross-border rail deal

Oil train safety concerns cast shadow over cross-border rail deal

November 30, 2015 | McClatchy DC | WATERTOWN, Wis. Concerns about the safety of crude oil trains loom over a proposed rail takeover that would create the largest rail system in North America. Last week, Alberta-based Canadian Pacific made public its plan to acquire Virginia-based Norfolk Southern. The $28.4 billion deal would need to be […]

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