Government Action

Transport Minister delivers on promise to accelerate removal of legacy DOT-111 tank cars from crude oil transport

November 1, 2016 | Government of Canada | The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of protecting Canadians and those who live along our rail corridors. That’s why we took concrete steps to make the shipment of dangerous goods safer. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today highlighted that legacy DOT-111 tank cars will […]

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Postscripts that could renew your faith in public officials: Crude oil trains, Camarillo rock slides and homeless college students

Postscripts that could renew your faith in public officials: Crude oil trains, Camarillo rock slides and homeless college students

October 12, 2016 | LA Times | Who says the news is all bad? Last week, after months of hearings and public protest, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted to deny oil giant Phillips 66 a permit to build a rail terminal at its Santa Maria Refinery. The project would have allowed Phillips to […]

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Will San Luis Obispo County follow the lead of Benicia and ban oil trains, or capitulate to Phillips 66?

September 30, 2017 | LA Times |There were a couple of light moments Thursday at the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s interminable, inconclusive public hearing about whether it should allow the fossil fuel giant Phillips 66 to send crude-oil trains across California to its Santa Maria Refinery. A local named Gary, one of only […]

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Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

September 30, 2016 | tdn.com | In the wake of the oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge,  Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is pressing the U.S. Department of Transportation study ways to reduce fire and explosion risks during oil train derailments. Herrera Beutler sent a letter to the U.S. Department Transportation this month encouraging […]

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Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

September 30, 2017 | ABC News | The train crash in New Jersey that left one woman dead and 114 others injured has re-ignited the debate over positive train control, an automatic breaking system that deploys when trains run above the speed limit among other scenarios. [Read the entire article here.]  

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County Panel Approves Rail Expansion In Columbia Gorge Despite Oil-Train Controversy

September 27, 2016 | OPB.org | A county planning commission has given its approval to a rail expansion in the same stretch of the Columbia River Gorge where a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into flames. The derailment in June resulted in an oil spill that contaminated groundwater. It also galvanized opposition to […]

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Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

September 14, 2016 | DESMOG | According to information provided to DeSmog by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), from 2010 to 2015 there were seven accidents involving ethanol train derailments; half as many as the 14 accidents with oil trains. This lower number of accidents for ethanol trains is despite the fact that more ethanol was […]

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Rail Industry Requests Massive Loophole in Oil-by-Rail Safety To Extend Bomb Trains Well Beyond 2025

Rail Industry Requests Massive Loophole in Oil-by-Rail Safety To Extend Bomb Trains Well Beyond 2025

July 21, 2016 | Desmogblog.com | In the most recent oil-by-rail accident in Mosier, Oregon the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) concluded that the tank cars involved — the jacketed CPC-1232 type — “performed as expected.” So an oil train derailing at the relatively slow speed of 25 mph should be “expected” to have breached cars resulting in fiery explosions. […]

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Slow progress seen on faulty crude oil rail cars

July 13, 2016 | The Register-Guard | BILLINGS, Mont. — Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted new rules for the industry, U.S. safety officials said Tuesday. Just over 10,300 stronger tank […]

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Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

July 13, 2016 | McClatchy DC | WASHINGTON – Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule proposed Wednesday by the Department of Transportation. The proposal also includes a new testing method for […]

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