Disasters

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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$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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Judge delays ruling on Lac Megantic disaster settlement

Judge delays ruling on Lac Megantic disaster settlement

September 25, 2015 | WMTW | PORTLAND, Maine —A bankruptcy judge in Maine has postponed a ruling on a $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec. The U.S. bankruptcy trustee wanted the judge to approve the plan Thursday so money can begin flowing to those […]

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Victims of WV train derailment file lawsuit against CSX

Victims of WV train derailment file lawsuit against CSX

September 2, 2015 | WOWK| More than 200 victims of the Feb. 16 oil train derailment and explosion at Mt. Carbon, W.Va. have filed suit against CSX. The complaint, filed in Wayne County, alleges nuisance, trespass, economic loss, property damage and present and future expenses for monitoring and cleanup.  It also requests punitive damages. The […]

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BNSF lawyer asks for delay in lawsuit in 2013 Casselton train derailment

BNSF lawyer asks for delay in lawsuit in 2013 Casselton train derailment

August 24, 2015 | WDAY| FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A lawyer for BNSF says a civil lawsuit against the railway over a derailment near Casselton nearly two years ago should be put on hold until it can be determined whether a broken axel was the cause of the fiery crash. Bryan Thompson, of Fargo, was […]

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As oil train burned, firefighters waited 2 hours for critical details

As oil train burned, firefighters waited 2 hours for critical details

August 22, 2015 | McClatchy DC | Newly released documents show that firefighters responding to an oil train derailment and fire last year in Lynchburg, Va., waited more than two hours for critical details about the train and what was on it. The Lynchburg Fire Department’s battalion chief, Robert Lipscomb, told investigators that it took […]

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Documents detail facts of Lynchburg oil train derailment

Documents detail facts of Lynchburg oil train derailment

August 22, 2015{ Roanoke.com| Documents released as part of a federal investigation shed light on factors leading up to the 2014 Lynchburg crude oil train derailment, but don’t point to the actual cause of the incident. A report by the National Transportation Safety Board shows rail problems near where the CSX Transportation Inc. train derailed […]

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Investigation Into Mount Carbon Train Derailment Coming to an End

  July 25, 2015 | WSAZ | KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – More than five months after a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in Mount Carbon, federal officials say they’re getting closer to finding out what caused the accident. The Federal Railroad Administration says the investigation into that derailment is still ongoing, but […]

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Most Recent Oil Train Accidents and Spills Involved ‘Safer’ CPC-1232 Tank Cars

Most Recent Oil Train Accidents and Spills Involved ‘Safer’ CPC-1232 Tank Cars

July 23, 2015 | DESMOG| Roosevelt County chief deputy sheriff Corey Reum was one of the first responders to the recent Bakken oil train derailment in Montana, a few miles from the North Dakota border. “We’re lucky it didn’t ignite,” Reum told ABC News. That is just one of the things first responders have learned since the […]

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