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New oil train speed limits unlikely to stop explosive crashes

May 1, 2015 | Reuters | New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday. Walking a line between increasing safety and keeping oil shipments moving […]

New oil-train safety rules will put public back in the dark

New oil-train safety rules will put public back in the dark

May 1, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON — Details about rail shipments of crude oil and ethanol will be made exempt from public disclosure under new regulations announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday. The department will end its requirement, put in place a year ago, that required railroads to share information about […]

Oil by rail, a Canadian perspective

Oil by rail, a Canadian perspective

April 29, 2015 | Bismark Tribune | When it comes to the public, the topic of oil by rail knows no governmental boundaries: It’s a heated issue and it doesn’t matter if it’s in Canada or the United States. It’s emotional because it involves human health and safety. A 2013 Lac-Megantic, Quebec, train derailment with […]

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U.S., Canada will have oil train safety plan Friday -sources

April 29, 2015 | Reuters | The top U.S. and Canadian transportation officials will meet in Washington on Friday to outline a cross-border oil train safety plan, a sign the two governments may have harmonized efforts for tougher cars and other measures to curb fiery derailments, said industry and government officials familiar with the proposal. […]

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Canadian National Railway’s derailment numbers soared 73% before recent crashes

Canadian National Railway’s derailment numbers soared 73% before recent crashes

March 23, 2015 | Business Financial Post | TORONTO — Canadian National Railway’s safety record deteriorated sharply in 2014, reversing years of improvements, as accidents in Canada blamed on poor track conditions hit their highest level in more than five years, a Reuters analysis has found. Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said on Tuesday that […]

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US oil train accidents won’t go away any time soon

US oil train accidents won’t go away any time soon

March 20, 2015|Business Insider| There have been several high-profile oil-by-rail accidents in the last couple of months. Should we be worried about shipping crude oil by rail? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that it’s complicated. And this mode of transporting oil isn’t going away anytime soon. [Read the entire article here.]

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Canada wants even newer oil tank cars phased out by 2025

Canada wants even newer oil tank cars phased out by 2025

March 12, 2015 | The Peterborough Examiner| OTTAWA – Canada proposed tough new oil tank car standards on Wednesday and said even improved tank cars coming into service now would have to be off the rails by 2025 at the latest. The announcement comes after a rash of fiery derailments in Canada and the United […]

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Gogama train derailment highlights treaty infringement, chief says

Gogama train derailment highlights treaty infringement, chief says

March 12, 2015|CBC| “When we talk about the transporting of dangerous goods, like crude oil, through First Nations territories there has to be safeguards to make sure that the way of life of First Nations people is protected and intact as much as possible,” Beardy said. “We are tired of being pawns in Canada’s addiction […]

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Gogama derailment: Fix tracks or slow trains down, union says

Gogama derailment: Fix tracks or slow trains down, union says

March 11, 2015|CBC|Doug Finnson, president of the Teamsters Rail Conference of Canada, which represents CN workers, said the crew likely saw a massive fireball behind them as the cars derailed. “You look back out of the locomotive and you see that going on a little ways behind you [and] that can be very traumatic,” he said. [Read the […]

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Terrorism poses a greater risk to railways than derailments: CP’s Hunter Harrison

Terrorism poses a greater risk to railways than derailments: CP’s Hunter Harrison

March 4, 2015 | Financial Post|Terrorism poses a greater risk to railways and the communities they pass through than derailments do, and notifying public officials of dangerous-goods shipments may actually increase the risk of attacks, says the CEO of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. [Read the entire story here.]

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