Galena, IL

‘Thank goodness no one was injured or killed,’ Galena Mayor talks derailment six weeks later

April 18th, 2015 | KWQC | GALENA, Ill (KWQC)-“It was serious, thank goodness no one was injured or killed,” Galena Mayor Terry Renner says the response to the train derailment south of town was incredible, hundreds of first responders flocked to the site. “It was amazing,” Renner said. “The amount of people that showed up […]

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Galena Council OKs requesting $227,300 from BNSF Railway

April 15, 2015 | TH Online|GALENA, Ill. — The fiery March 5 train derailment near Galena, Ill., cost the city more than $227,300 in personnel, equipment and material expenses, according to a reimbursement claim. [Read the entire article here.]

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Senator Durbin Meets With BNSF Chairman To Discuss Railway’s Crude Oil By Rail Operations Following Galena Train Derailment

March 27, 2015 | eNews Park Forest | WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)—March 26, 2015. Following the derailment of a BNSF Railway train carrying crude oil near Galena, Illinois, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met yesterday with BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt Rose to receive an update on the accident and to discuss the rail company’s crude oil […]

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Trains Slow U.S. Petroleum Shipments After Derailment

March 19, 2015|Bloomberg| (Bloomberg) — Rail shipments of crude and refined products fell last week to the lowest level since October 2013 after a derailment shut a track in Illinois for four days. The U.S. transported 12,724 carloads of petroleum in the week of March 8-14, according to data released Wednesday by the Association of […]

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Dike and levy construction resume near Galena-area derailment site.

March 11, 2015|TH Media| GALENA, Ill. — Dike and levy construction resumed Tuesday around the remains of a fiery train derailment near Galena to prevent pooled crude oil from reaching a slough at the confluence of the Galena and Mississippi rivers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved plans to erect a temporary wall of sheet […]

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Train traffic to resume through Galena derailment site

Train traffic to resume through Galena derailment site

March 9, 2015 | QC Times| GALENA, Ill. — The Burlington Northern Santa Fe, or BNSF, Railway company announced Monday that it will allow train traffic to begin passing through the site of last week’s major derailment very soon. Twenty-one tank cars carrying crude oil from the Bakken oilfield in North Dakota overturned Thursday afternoon 3½ miles […]

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EPA: Illinois oil train derailment threatens Mississippi River

EPA: Illinois oil train derailment threatens Mississippi River

March 7, 2015 | Mc Clatchy DC| WASHINGTON — An oil train derailment and spill in northwest Illinois poses an “imminent and substantial danger” of contaminating the Mississippi River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Saturday. The spill from the derailment, which occurred Thursday, also threatens the Galena River, a tributary of the Mississippi, and […]

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Derailments put oil train expansion in the crosshairs

Derailments put oil train expansion in the crosshairs

March 6, 2015| McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON — After a BNSF Railway oil train derailed and burst into flames Thursday near Galena, Ill., at least one community group has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend permits for rail expansions along the upper Mississippi River. Of the 70 oil trains a week that leave […]

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Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

Illinois oil train derailment involved safer tank cars

March 6, 2015 | KRIS TV| GALENA, Ill. (AP) – Railroad company officials say a fiery oil train derailment in western Illinois involved tank cars that already meet a higher safety standard than what federal law requires. Six of the BNSF Railway train’s 105 cars derailed Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River […]

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UPDATE: BNSF to set up claims center after derailment

UPDATE: BNSF to set up claims center after derailment

March 6, 2015 | Telegraph Herald|Burlington Northern Santa Fe plans to establish a claims center in Galena to “help and assist local residents who may have incurred damage to their property or are in need of temporary relocation,” according to a press release. [Read the entire article here.]

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