Disasters

Investigation moves ahead in train derailment

Investigation moves ahead in train derailment

February 25, 2015 | Montgomery Herald|The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Sunday a small, undisclosed amount of oil entered the Kanawha River as ice melted and water level rose Sunday morning. However, a press release from the Joint Information Center states ongoing containment strategy and water monitoring has “confirmed no impact on drinking water or […]

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Oil train derails, fireball erupts, fate steps in to save man’s life

Oil train derails, fireball erupts, fate steps in to save man’s life

February 24, 2015 | Portland Press Herald| ANSTED, W.Va. — Morris Bounds Sr. wanted to make sure his home was tidy when his wife was let out of the hospital, so he cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed their bedroom. While doing the mindless chores, he noticed his cellphone on the bed and thought to himself: […]

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Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

February 22, 2015 | Fuel Fix | BILLINGS, Mont. — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely […]

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U.S. oil trains are taking high-stakes risks with lives: Kemp

U.S. oil trains are taking high-stakes risks with lives: Kemp

February 22, 2015 | Eagle Ford Texas|Five hundred and ninety one days have passed since a train carrying crude oil derailed and incinerated the town of Lac Megantic in Quebec. In that time, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has still not finalized new safety rules on tank car standards and operational controls for trains […]

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Aerial Photos Of Monday’s West Virginia Train Crash Show Scope Of Devastation

Aerial Photos Of Monday’s West Virginia Train Crash Show Scope Of Devastation

February 21, 2015| Pixable| When word reached me late Monday, February 16, that a West Virginia (WV) train explosion had sent flames hundreds of feet high above Powellton Hollow, WV — we immediately called Paul Corbit Brown. We knew Brown would have visited the site as it’s just down the road from his Fayette County home. […]

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Oil train crash in coal country shows dangers of new energy economy

Oil train crash in coal country shows dangers of new energy economy

February 20, 2015 | McClatchy DC| PRATT, W.Va. — The oil train that derailed and burst into flame in West Virginia earlier this week had passed by Dyann Simile’s house just a few minutes earlier. Now she can see the tank cars that didn’t derail parked outside her window. They’ve been sitting there for two […]

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West Virginia Begins Investigating Massive Train Derailment

West Virginia Begins Investigating Massive Train Derailment

February 21, 2015 | Newsweek| The orange flames no longer burned bright in the snow-covered woods near Mount Carbon in West Virginia on Friday. But days after a massive train derailment in the small community, located about 30 miles from the state capital, smoke still smoldered from the enormous oil tank train cars lying perpendicular […]

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Fires still burning at West Virginia oil train disaster site

February 19, 2015 | The Hill| Some fires continued to burn Thursday afternoon, three days after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in rural West Virginia. Suzanne Emmerling, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Transportation, said that the fires are hampering investigators’ ability to access what they need in order to determine […]

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Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball

Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball

February 19, 2015 | Reuters|(Reuters) – Federal investigators will examine whether pressurized gas played a role in the massive blast that followed the derailment of a train carrying crude oil through West Virginia this week, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday. [Read the entire article here.]

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CSX Train was going at 33 mph.

CSX Train was going at 33 mph.

February 19, 2015 | The Guardian| A federal official said on Thursday speed did not appear to have been a factor in an oil train derailment in southern West Virginia on Monday that sent a huge fireball into the sky and lit fires that still burned three days later. Federal Railroad Administration acting administrator Sarah […]

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