Government Action

USDOT Announces Intent to Repeal Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brake Mandate

December 6, 2017 | PHMSA | WASHINGTON – In accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Public Law 114-94), the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced the final updated Regulatory Impact Analysis (RIA) in regard to Electronically Controlled Pneumatic (ECP) brakes on certain trains.  After careful review in accordance with the Congressional mandate […]

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Less oil on the rails, but fears persist as old tank cars remain

Less oil on the rails, but fears persist as old tank cars remain

September 30, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune | The deluge of oil trains rolling through La Crosse three years ago has slowed to a trickle as the bulk of North Dakota’s oil production now moves through pipelines, helping the rail industry comply with new federal safety regulations. That has assuaged some concerns, though rail safety […]

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Federal Railroad Administration Nominee Plans to Push Rail Industry to Self-Regulate

Federal Railroad Administration Nominee Plans to Push Rail Industry to Self-Regulate

September 27, 2017 | DeSmog Blog| Ronald Batory — President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) — will be pushing for the controversial self-regulatory approach to safety known as “performance-based regulations,” according to his July 26 statement for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Shifting toward this self-regulatory approach could […]

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Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

April 15, 2017 | Spokane Journal of Business | One proposed ballot initiative that would put restrictions on oil and coal shipments via railroad through Spokane for public safety reasons is in the signature-gathering process, while another that sought to ban such shipments outright by codifying people’s right to a healthy climate has been withdrawn. […]

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Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

April 5, 2017 | ABC News| When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold the tracks in place. The previous year, cracks in a track that went unrepaired caused a train hauling oil […]

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Railway Safety Advocates Raise Concerns Over Proposed Legislation

April 4, 2017 | KSTP | Railway safety advocates are worried private companies could avoid adequate liability under identical bills state lawmakers in both the House and Senate are trying to pass. The bills give the Metropolitan Council and counties the ability to contract with railroads “for the joint or shared use of the council’s […]

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San Jose: Residents rally to derail plan that would send oil tankers through city

San Jose: Residents rally to derail plan that would send oil tankers through city

February 19, 2017 | Mercury News | San Jose residents and local activists have organized a march Sunday and community meeting Thursday to remind the public that the fight to prevent flammable crude oil from being hauled on rail through Willow Glen and other neighborhoods up and down the state isn’t over. Although the San Luis […]

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Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

February 7, 2017 | ABC News | A defective axle broke and caused a 2013 train derailment that led to a series of explosions just a quarter-mile outside a small North Dakota town, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. A BNSF train carrying soybeans derailed and was struck by one carrying oil, setting off […]

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Rail Industry Eager for a New Trump Era Light on Safety Rules

Rail Industry Eager for a New Trump Era Light on Safety Rules

January 21, 2017 | DESMOG | “The policy landscape in Washington, D.C., dramatically shifted on Election Day…” While clearly not news to anyone, it was part of Edward Hamberger’s address to a conference in New York a week after Trump’s presidential victory. Hamberger is CEO of the rail industry lobbying group, the Association of American Railroads […]

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Trucking, Rail Industries Team Up to Limit New Rules

Trucking, Rail Industries Team Up to Limit New Rules

January 12,2017 | The Wall Street Journal | The trucking and rail industries, often at odds in Washington, are teaming up to press the incoming Trump administration to limit the ability of transportation regulators to write new rules. Leaders of the industry trade groups say they are trying to unite transport representatives in Washington, including […]

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