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Albany County wins grant to prepare for oil-train derailment

Albany County wins grant to prepare for oil-train derailment

October 12, 2015 | Times Union| The Capital Region’s hazardous materials squad has won a state grant to prepare for a potentially disastrous oil train derailment. But while much of debate about oil train safety locally has focused on the Port of Albany, which has swiftly grown to one of the nation’s busiest rail-oil hubs, […]

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Activists warn of danger of crude oil train transport through Chicago area

Activists warn of danger of crude oil train transport through Chicago area

October 12, 2015 | Chicago Sun-Times| Environmental activists protested at the Canadian Consulate on Monday over crude oil transportation policies. They say the safety rules are insufficient to protect against incidents like the July 2013 derailment in Lac-Megantic in Quebec, Canada, where a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded, wiping out dozens of buildings […]

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Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

October 9, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON Two separate tests in the two months prior to a fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia earlier this year showed the presence of a rail defect, according to a report on the incident. But neither the railroad nor the contractor who did the tests followed up on […]

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Federal regulators push for improved oil train safety measures

Federal regulators push for improved oil train safety measures

October 9, 2015 | LA Times| Facing a surge of oil train crashes caused by track defects over the last three years, the Federal Railroad Administration said Friday it was taking steps to improve the condition of the rails across the nation. Agency chief Sarah Feinberg says she wants the railroad industry to conduct more intensive […]

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BNSF lays 2nd LA-Chicago line

BNSF lays 2nd LA-Chicago line

October 8, 2015 | Arkansas Online| A noisy yellow machine laying down railroad track near Alva, Okla. — as much as a mile a day of concrete and steel — is Warren Buffett’s solution to the industry’s dwindling coal traffic. After this year, BNSF Railway will be more than 99 percent finished with a second, […]

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$338M Fund in Deadly Oil Train Derailment Close to Approval

October 9, 2015 | ABC News| A Canadian railroad’s withdrawal of opposition to a $338 million fund for victims of an oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Quebec has set the stage for final approval and compensation for victims. A U.S. bankruptcy trustee and Canadian Pacific agreed to modify the settlement fund to […]

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Cleanup begins at Vermont train derailment site

October 6, 2015 | WCAX | Sounds of heavy equipment emerged Tuesday from the foliage-covered hills of Northfield, as work crews rushed to put train cars back on track. “Our hope is to have the Vemonter back up and running in days not weeks,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont. A day earlier, the engine and […]

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Train derailment in East Dubuque closes multiple street crossings for several hours

Train derailment in East Dubuque closes multiple street crossings for several hours

October 4, 2015 | TH Online|Four train cars derailed at about 4 a.m. Friday near the Fourth Street railroad crossing in East Dubuque, Ill. The derailment closed multiple street crossings for several hours, though no injuries were reported. The tracks were cleared by 11:40 a.m., according to BNSF Railway spokesman Andy Williams. He said the […]

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Authorities respond to ‘partial’ train derailment near Lynchburg riverfront

Authorities respond to ‘partial’ train derailment near Lynchburg riverfront

October 5, 2015 | The News & Advance| A CSX train carrying empty crude oil cars partially derailed around 3 a.m. Sunday near 7th Street in Lynchburg, according to a company spokeswoman. “The locomotive of a CSX train derailed…after striking debris on the tracks as a result of a rock slide,” said Kaitlyn Barrett, of […]

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Oil export ban bill passes Senate committee

Oil export ban bill passes Senate committee

October 1, 2015 | Bakken Breakout| A marked-up oil export ban repeal bill sponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., passed a Senate banking committee Thursday and is expected to be merged into a similar bill by a Republican lawmaker. Heitkamp was the lone Democrat on the committee in Thursday’s 13-9 vote in favor but was […]

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