Disasters

A timeline of recent oil train crashes in the US and Canada

July 17, 2015 | Star Tribune|The derailment of an oil train in rural northeastern Montana follows a string of accidents as shipments of crude by rail have increased dramatically in recent years, driven by a surge in domestic production: [Read the entire article including a complete timeline including today’s accident right here.]

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Judge rules against Canadian Pacific over crude rail settlement dispute

July14, 2015 | Aberdeen Journal| A challenge by Canadian Pacific Railway over settlements for victims of a crude-buy-rail oil disaster has been rejected by a judge. The company has been subject to a class action lawsuit following the incident in which 47 people were killed and the main downtown region of a town were destroyed […]

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With a solemn remembrance and music, protesters decry oil-train accidents

With a solemn remembrance and music, protesters decry oil-train accidents

July 11, 2015 | Philly.com|Two years after a fatal oil-train derailment in Quebec drew national attention to the transport of crude oil, more than 100 people gathered Saturday in Center City to remember the victims and demand better train safety controls in Philadelphia. “These trains go through our neighborhoods and right past our most important […]

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City Weighs Options For Crude Oil Traveling By Rail

City Weighs Options For Crude Oil Traveling By Rail

July 10, 2015 | WYPR | Huge amounts of crude oil are passing through Maryland every year by rail. A dramatic expansion of oil and gas production in the US has left drillers with a central question: How do you get the crude from the oil fields in the middle of the country to  refineries on the […]

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Legislators, residents hold news conference on oil train safety

Legislators, residents hold news conference on oil train safety

July 7, 2015 | Star Tribune| A group of DFL legislators, firefighters and other emergency officials and a citizen group used the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster to hold a news conference demanding oil train safety. That disaster killed 47, and decontamination continues today. Members of Citizens Acting for Rail Safety held signs that […]

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4 Minnesota oil train disaster plans haven’t been released to public

4 Minnesota oil train disaster plans haven’t been released to public

July 7, 2015 | Fox Twin Cities|Some Minnesota lawmakers and railroad safety advocates are concerned that new disaster plans are not being released to the public. They gathered Tuesday morning, on the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic disaster in Quebec, to say the state’s plans are essential in coordinating resources should an oil train disaster […]

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In Lac-Mégantic, everyone marks the anniversary in their own way

In Lac-Mégantic, everyone marks the anniversary in their own way

July 7, 2015 | Monteral Gazette| LAC-MÉGANTIC – Shortly after 1 a.m. Monday — exactly two years after a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in Lac-Mégantic — four friends huddled in the dark around a granite monument in front of Ste-Agnès church. The monument, erected during last year’s anniversary ceremonies, is an open book with […]

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Two Years After Oil Train Disaster, Profound Scars Remain in Lac-Mégantic

Two Years After Oil Train Disaster, Profound Scars Remain in Lac-Mégantic

July 7, 2015 | eNews Park Forest| A week of direct actions across Canada and the U.S. to stop so-called “bomb trains” began on Monday, the two-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, when an unmanned train with 72 tankers carrying 30,000 gallons of crude oil careened into a small town in the Canadian province […]

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Blocking the Bomb Trains: Nationwide Protests On Lac-Megantic Anniversary

Blocking the Bomb Trains: Nationwide Protests On Lac-Megantic Anniversary

July 7, 2015 | DESMOG| “It’s corporate greed versus the common good, whether it’s rail safety or climate change.” Those were the words of Lowen Berman, a Portland activist involved in a blockade of oil train tracks to mark the second anniversary of the Lac-Megantic oil train disaster. Berman and 60 other activists protested in Portland today […]

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Maryland, TN Update: Fire extinguished at 7p.m.

Maryland, TN Update: Fire extinguished at 7p.m.

July 3, 2015 | Knox News | As of 7 p.m. Thursday, CSX reported that the fire had been extinguished and company personnel were assessing the rail car and others as part of the ongoing recovery process. The train operator, working in coordination with emergency responders and other officials, has removed 35 of the unaffected […]

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