Disasters

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

January 19, 2014 | MSN.com |WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows. Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons […]

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N.D. political leaders question BNSF on rail safety

January 18, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | FARGO — North Dakota’s two senators took turns peppering two BNSF executives Saturday on the railroad company’s plans to prevent another train derailment like last month’s crash and fire near Casselton. The Dec. 30, 2013, collision that happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed and caused a train […]

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Oil Train Safety Issues Were Known Before Recent Crashes, NBC Investigation Shows

Oil Train Safety Issues Were Known Before Recent Crashes, NBC Investigation Shows

January 17, 2014 | The Huffington Post | Several recent deadly and destructive derailments have drawn greater attention to using railroads to ship crude oil, but a new NBC News investigation found that federal regulators have known about the risks for some time. Overloading trains and mislabeling tanks are among the problems that officials flagged […]

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Some Rail Cars In New Brunswick Oil Train Derailment Were DOT-111s, Investigator Says

Some Rail Cars In New Brunswick Oil Train Derailment Were DOT-111s, Investigator Says

January 9, 2014 | Huffington Post | TORONTO/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Political pressure to quickly improve the safety of crude oil rail shipments intensified in Washington on Thursday, while Canadian officials said two of the cars involved in the latest fiery derailment were of an older variety long faulted by regulators. After two more dramatic oil-train […]

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CN train carrying crude oil derailed, on fire near Plaster Rock

CN train carrying crude oil derailed, on fire near Plaster Rock

January 7, 2014 |CBC News |A CN freight train carrying dangerous goods has derailed and caught fire in northwest New Brunswick, not far from the U.S. border. Jim Feeny, director of public and government affairs for CN Rail, said 16 cars are believed to have derailed, including four carrying propane and four carrying crude oil. [Read the entire article here.]

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Train Derailment Causes Fiery Destruction In Casselton, ND

Train Derailment Causes Fiery Destruction In Casselton, ND

December 30, 2013 | Huffington Post | CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — Officials say emergency crews are responding to a fiery train derailment near the eastern North Dakota town of Casselton. Cass County Emergency Manager Dave Rogness says the derailment was reported about 2:30 p.m. Monday less than a mile from the city. Rogness says residents […]

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New Aerial Video of Alabama Oil Spill Exposes Cleanup Problems

New Aerial Video of Alabama Oil Spill Exposes Cleanup Problems

December 2, 2013 | PublicHerold.org | Ongoing efforts to clean up an Alabama oil spill are under scrutiny after a train carrying 2.7 million gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude oil exploded, spilling into wetlands just outside the town of Aliceville. Photojournalist John Wathen captured video of cleanup efforts one week after the November 7th […]

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Derailed Cars Burning Near Aliceville

November 8, 2013 | WCBI | ALICEVILLE, Ala. — No injuries have been reported after a Genesee and Wyoming train going from Amory, Miss. to Walnut Hill, Fla. derailed shortly after 12 a.m. this morning near Aliceville, Ala. in Pickens County. It is believed that 11 railcars are burning, and for safety reasons, emergency responders […]

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Cars Carrying Oil, Gas Come Off Tracks West Of Edmonton

October 19, 2013 | Canadian Press | GAINFORD, Alta. _ Firefighters battling a major blaze after a CN tanker train derailed west of Edmonton on Saturday decided to withdraw and wait for the flames to burn themselves out. With no further explosions expected from the 13 cars carrying oil and liquefied petroleum gas, that’s the […]

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Firefighters describe ‘colossal task’ of battling ‘unprecedented’ fire that engulfed downtown Lac-Megantic

Firefighters describe ‘colossal task’ of battling ‘unprecedented’ fire that engulfed downtown Lac-Megantic

In his many years as a firefighter, the largest blaze Lt. Tim Harvey had ever faced consisted of three simultaneously burning buildings. But that experience hardly compared to what the 16-year American firefighting veteran witnessed last weekend as he rushed across the border to help colleagues in Quebec. [Read the entire article here.]

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