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Few Railroads On Track To Meet End-Of-Year Safety Deadline

Few Railroads On Track To Meet End-Of-Year Safety Deadline

October 23, 2015 | NPR | Railroads warn they may have to shut down unless Congress extends an end-of-the-year deadline to install new safety equipment called Positive Train Control. PTC is a complex system that monitors a train’s location and speed, then automatically slows down or stops a locomotive if the engineer doesn’t respond to […]

By October 25, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
House bill could shield oil train spill response plans from disclosure

House bill could shield oil train spill response plans from disclosure

October 16, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON A House of Representatives bill unveiled Friday could make it more difficult for the public to know how prepared railroads are for responding to oil spills from trains, their worst-case scenarios and how much oil is being transported by rail through communities. [Read the entire article here.]

By October 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Firefighting foam to be deployed along NY oil train routes

October 14, 2015|Post Star| ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Firefighting foam used to fight oil train spills and fires is being deployed to 19 cities across New York state. The foam concentrate is stored in trailers along with equipment needed to apply the foam to an oil spill. The foam forms a blanket over oil spills […]

By October 14, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

October 9, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON Two separate tests in the two months prior to a fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia earlier this year showed the presence of a rail defect, according to a report on the incident. But neither the railroad nor the contractor who did the tests followed up on […]

By October 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Federal regulators push for improved oil train safety measures

Federal regulators push for improved oil train safety measures

October 9, 2015 | LA Times| Facing a surge of oil train crashes caused by track defects over the last three years, the Federal Railroad Administration said Friday it was taking steps to improve the condition of the rails across the nation. Agency chief Sarah Feinberg says she wants the railroad industry to conduct more intensive […]

By October 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
For Minnesota hazmat inspector, many railcars and not enough time

For Minnesota hazmat inspector, many railcars and not enough time

October 1, 2015 | MPR News| Trains roll in and out of the Pig’s Eye railyard south of downtown St. Paul, and trucks rumble by as hazmat inspector Kevin Kampa points to an oil train parked just beyond a concrete wall. “This train could be anywhere from 90 to 110 cars,” he said. “It’s all […]

By October 2, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

DeSmogCast – The Science of Bomb Trains

September 26, 2015 | DeSmogCast | This video reviews the science behind the Bakken bomb train phenomena and details the oil industry’s successful efforts to delay any regulations that could resolve the issue. Bakken oil contains natural gas liquids like butane that make the oil extremely volatile and flammable. This reality has been demonstrated by […]

By September 26, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Two men charged in Canada train terror get life in prison

Two men charged in Canada train terror get life in prison

September 23, 2015 | The Christian Science Monitor | TORONTO — Two men found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada with support from al-Qaida were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser must serve a minimum of 10 years before becoming eligible for parole on their life […]

By September 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Trains to stop if safety deadline not extended, railroads tell lawmakers

Trains to stop if safety deadline not extended, railroads tell lawmakers

September 12, 2015 |McClatchy DC| The chief executives of the country’s largest railroads this week told lawmakers that they would suspend passenger and freight service at year’s end if Congress doesn’t extend a deadline to install a collision-avoidance system. Most of the nation’s commuter and freight railroads will not meet the Dec. 31 deadline for […]

By September 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Canadian Pacific ordered to correct alleged rail safety violation

September 12, 2015 | Reuters| Canada’s transport regulator has ordered Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd to address a new alleged safety violation after it found the company was not carrying out a mandatory brake safety test on some of its trains in Western Canada, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. An inspector from Transport Canada […]

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