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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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Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

December 28, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune| Federal authorities say crew fatigue may have contributed to the derailment of a BNSF freight train that spilled more than 20,000 gallons of ethanol after leaving the tracks last year near Alma, Wis. The engineer applied the brakes too suddenly, in violation of railroad guidelines, causing 25 cars […]

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Union Pacific in fiery Mosier derailment agrees to changes

Union Pacific in fiery Mosier derailment agrees to changes

December 24, 2016| Oregon Live | he nation’s largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network. [Read the entire article here.]   Save

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97 BMWs damaged in South Carolina train derailment

97 BMWs damaged in South Carolina train derailment

December 6,, 2016 | CBS/AP| JENKINSVILLE, S.C. — A train carrying BMWs from an automaking plant in South Carolina derailed, damaging 97 of the vehicles, authorities said. The train was heading from a BMW plant in Greer to Charleston when it derailed shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, officials said, CBS Charleston affiliate WCSC reported. It […]

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