Disasters

Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

February 7, 2017 | ABC News | A defective axle broke and caused a 2013 train derailment that led to a series of explosions just a quarter-mile outside a small North Dakota town, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. A BNSF train carrying soybeans derailed and was struck by one carrying oil, setting off […]

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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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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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Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

March 8, 2016 | Richmond Times-Dispatch| The derailment of a train carrying highly volatile crude oil in downtown Lynchburg two years ago would not have occurred if CSX Transportation had time to carry out the recommendations of a working group on rail failure accepted two weeks before the accident, a federal safety agency has concluded. […]

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NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

March 2, 2016 | NTSB | The NTSB has issued its findings regarding the Lynchburg crude oil train disaster. [Read the findings here.]

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The Train Derailment That Gushed Oil Into A Quebec River Has Spawned Freaky Fish

The Train Derailment That Gushed Oil Into A Quebec River Has Spawned Freaky Fish

February 17, 2015 | Vice News | Two-and-a-half years after a train carrying millions of gallons of crude oil derailed and exploded in the small Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, scientists are finding deformities in the fish living in nearby rivers. That’s led the government to a revelation: crude oil is bad for fish. No shit. […]

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Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

January 12, 2016 | The News and Advance| Bakken crude oil shipments by rail have fallen with oil prices, but danger along Virginia’s rails has not gone away, members of the Railroad Safety and Security Task Force said. The task force called by Governor Terry McAuliffe after the CSX Transportation Inc. train derailed in downtown […]

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Second train worker sues BNSF over Casselton oil train explosion

Second train worker sues BNSF over Casselton oil train explosion

Novemeber 20, 2015 | InForum | FARGO – A train conductor in the massive oil tanker train derailment and explosion in Casselton about two years ago is suing BNSF Railway, claiming its negligent safety practices left him injured in the wreck. It’s the second lawsuit filed in Cass County District Court by a railroad worker […]

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Accused in Lac-Mégantic derailment plead not guilty on federal charges

Accused in Lac-Mégantic derailment plead not guilty on federal charges

November 13, 2015 | Montreal Gazette | LAC-MÉGANTIC — A number of accused have pleaded not guilty to federal charges laid in connection with the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train derailment. The accused are all former employees of now-defunct Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd., and most were represented by lawyers in court on Thursday. [Read the entire article […]

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Railroad Work Is Getting More and More Dangerous. These Workers Want To Change That.

Railroad Work Is Getting More and More Dangerous. These Workers Want To Change That.

October 17, 2015 | In These Times|CHICAGO—Railroad workers from around the country and Chicago residents stood on an overpass on a recent bright September Sunday, watching a seemingly endless line of black tanker cars pass on the railroad tracks below. The train was likely carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale in North Dakota, judging […]

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