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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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Lawsuit Launched Over Feds’ Failure to Examine Yorktown Oil Train Terminal’s Threat to Rare Sturgeon, Sea Turtles

Lawsuit Launched Over Feds’ Failure to Examine Yorktown Oil Train Terminal’s Threat to Rare Sturgeon, Sea Turtles

September 24, 2015 | Center for Biological Diversity | YORKTOWN, Va.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today for failing to assess impacts to endangered species before issuing a permit for an oil train terminal at the mouth of the York River. The 2013 permit […]

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Notice given of planned lawsuit over Va. oil train terminal

Notice given of planned lawsuit over Va. oil train terminal

September 26, 2015 | 13 News | RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Two environmental groups say they plan to sue over a Yorktown terminal that accepts trains carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale region. Media outlets report that the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club’s Virginia chapter said Thursday they have […]

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CARS Group says lawsuit is about principle

CARS Group says lawsuit is about principle

September 14, 2015 | WXOW | Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, or CARSbelieves its pending lawsuit against the DNR is about principle, not necessarily halting construction of a second rail line through the marsh. “Throughout the entire process, we’ve been concerned that corners have been cut in looking at the environmental impacts of the expansion […]

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Activists Call Attention To Oil Train Routes Near Water

Activists Call Attention To Oil Train Routes Near Water

September 14, 2015 | WPR | Wisconsin environmental groups want to know more about the rail industry’s clean-up plans, in case of an oil train accident near water. A coalition of groups held a protest Sunday near a rail bridge that passes over the confluence of Milwaukee and Menominee rivers. Cheryl Nenn of the advocacy […]

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Senate Panel Gets Earful Over Oil Train Concerns

Senate Panel Gets Earful Over Oil Train Concerns

September 2, 2015 | WCCO|  If you live or work anywhere near railroad tracks in Minnesota, you’ve no doubt seen the increase in freight traffic. Specifically, large unit trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota. After a number of recent derailments, including spills and explosions, a panel headed by Minnesota […]

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Oil Trains Pose Serious Threat to Public Safety, Minn., Wis. Senators Say

September 2, 2015 | KSTP| Every day trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields pass through Minnesota, Wisconsin and several other states. Many of the trains pass directly behind homes and businesses in northeast Minneapolis where residents don’t feel safe. “Not at all,” said Catherine Dorr, who sees oil trains pass behind […]

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Canadian Pacific spokesman: Improvements to be made to S. 1st Street bridge later this fall

Canadian Pacific spokesman: Improvements to be made to S. 1st Street bridge later this fall

  September 2, 2015 | Fox 6| MILWAUKEE — A Canadian Pacific spokesman tells FOX6 News the railroad company will make improvements to the S. 1st Street railroad bridge later this fall. FOX6’s Brad Hicks exposed flaws in the bridge that trains carrying explosive crude oil pass over. Inspectors found corrosion eating away at the vertical […]

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Doing more about oil train safety

Doing more about oil train safety

July 18, 2015 | Sun Focus | Rep. Connie Bernardy and DFL colleagues held a press conference during which they called on rail companies to do more so that Minnesota communities are safe from oil train disasters. Fridley Fire Chief John Berg and Director of Ramsey County Homeland Security Judson Freed also participated in the […]

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With a solemn remembrance and music, protesters decry oil-train accidents

With a solemn remembrance and music, protesters decry oil-train accidents

July 11, 2015 | Philly.com|Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. “These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important […]

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