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Senate Dems seek stronger oil train safety rules

Senate Dems seek stronger oil train safety rules

March 25, 2015 | The Hill| Senate Democrats have proposed a bill to set stronger safety rules for trains carrying oil, including regulating the content of the oil itself. Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said the most critical problem with the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) ongoing regulatory effort on oil trains is […]

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State issues complaint against BNSF over possible hazardous material spills

State issues complaint against BNSF over possible hazardous material spills

March 25, 2015|TDN.com| BNSF Railway could be facing as much as $700,000 in fines for failing to report multiple hazardous material spills, including one through Cowlitz County on Jan. 12. On Friday, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission issued a formal complaint following a staff investigation. [Read the entire article here.]

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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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Improving Track Maintenance is Key to Oil Train Safety

Improving Track Maintenance is Key to Oil Train Safety

March 23, 2015 | PR Newswire|Railroad companies solely determine the level of track maintenance they perform; FRA regulates maximum allowable train speed based upon those track conditions. “By every measure, track caused accidents are the most prevalent and the most preventable,” said Simpson. “Even discounting the large number of low speed accidents regularly occurring in […]

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Rail industry prepares for tougher tanker rules

Rail industry prepares for tougher tanker rules

March 23, 2015| Bismark Tribune| When a train loaded with crude oil tankers rumbles down the track almost anywhere in the county, there’s an 80 percent chance it originated in the Bakken. [Read the entire article here.]

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Top 10 Questions About Oil Trains: Industry Lobbies for Weak Rules While Derailment Fire Rages

Top 10 Questions About Oil Trains: Industry Lobbies for Weak Rules While Derailment Fire Rages

March 21, 2015|Huffington Post| On Friday, March 6, while an oil train explosion in Illinois was still sending flames and black smoke into the air, railroad agents were in Washington, DC lobbying to weaken new train safety standards. Safer brakes are “extremely costly…” they told White House officials, and explained in great detail why speed […]

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State officials: 326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks; unknown in ND

State officials: 326,170 Minnesotans live near oil train tracks; unknown in ND

March 20, 2015 | Inforum.com| ST. PAUL – A third of firefighters, law enforcement officers and others who protect 326,170 Minnesotans living near oil train routes have received initial training about how to deal with oil disasters. “We are opening their eyes, but we also are giving them a place to start,” said Kevin Reed […]

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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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Franken Pushes For Bakken Oil Train Safety

Franken Pushes For Bakken Oil Train Safety

March 18, 2015|KDAL|WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDAL) – Senator Al Franken is calling on the Federal Railroad Administration to take measures that address safety concerns of trains carrying Bakken oil from North Dakota across Minnesota.  In a letter to the acting head of the FRC, Franken pressed for regulations making the crude oil less volatile before it […]

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Oil train mishaps reveal tank car strengths and limitations

Oil train mishaps reveal tank car strengths and limitations

March 17, 2015 | Railway Age|Two same-day derailments of crude oil trains in Canada and a third in West Virginia two days later illustrate the strengths and limitations of the newest general-purpose tank cars plying North American rails. [Read the entire article here.]

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