Disasters

Transparency Sought in Train Derailment Settlement

June 13, 2015 | WSJ | Some of the world’s biggest oil companies are chipping in to repay victims of a deadly train derailment, but unless a bankruptcy judge says otherwise, the amounts they’re paying will remain secret. [Read the entire article here.]

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Mock derailment tests emergency response

Mock derailment tests emergency response

June 11, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | On a balmy September afternoon, a freight train hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil derails as it crosses Pammel Creek on the South Side of La Crosse, spilling about 100,000 gallons of the volatile cargo. Traffic comes to a halt as motorists stop to gawk at […]

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Oil train disaster settlement fund reaches $345 million

June 10, 2015 | Sun Herald| PORTLAND, Maine — The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment. World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit […]

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Oil tankers: Danger on the rails

Oil tankers: Danger on the rails

May 15, 2015 | CNN | Barrington, Illinois (CNN)On the surface, this is a tidy, upscale community in suburban Chicago where the biggest headache is the commute to downtown. But listen to city officials talk, and they’ll tell you that in recent years, Barrington has become one of the nation’s epicenters for possible large-scale disaster. […]

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Suburbs file appeal to stop new oil train safety rules

  May 14, 2015 | WLS-TV| CHICAGO (WLS) — What if the derailed Philadelphia Amtrak train had been carrying crude oil instead of people? At 107 mph, if a train hauling explosive crude oil derailed around Chicago, the outcome would be catastrophic – certainly much worse than what happened in Philadelphia Tuesday night. Even as […]

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North Dakota oil train derailment, town evacuation restart rail safety debate in Minnesota

North Dakota oil train derailment, town evacuation restart rail safety debate in Minnesota

May 6, 2015 | Star Tribune| The noise rattled Curt Benson’s home like thunder. “I heard an explosion, loud enough that I could hear it inside my house with the radio on, and I knew it couldn’t be good,” said Benson, a retired Washington state sheriff who had returned to his hometown of Heimdal, N.D., […]

On anniversary of Lynchburg derailment, Warner, Kaine back fee for oil trains

May 1, 2015 | Richmond Times-Dispatch |  A year after a train carrying millions of gallons of crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine co-sponsored legislation today that would apply a fee to every old-model rail car transporting highly volatile crude from the Bakken shale fields in North […]

State official: CSX was planning to replace track before Lynchburg derailment

State official: CSX was planning to replace track before Lynchburg derailment

April 30, 2015 | newsadvance.com |  CSX was planning to replace a section of its Lynchburg track after a high-tech inspection discovered a defect one day before the downtown derailment, according to a state official. Massoud Tahamtani, director of the State Corporation Commission’s rail safety division, said the new piece of track was on-site the […]

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Feds show records on fiery ND oil train wreck

April 28, 2015 | Capital Journal | Federal investigators have released hundreds of pages of records that offer new insight into the moments just before and after a 2013 oil train derailment near Casselton, North Dakota, 20 miles west of  Fargo, that created a massive fire and forced 1,400 people to evacuate for several days. […]

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‘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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