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Crude oil and ethanol should not be shipped by rail

July 6, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | Today marks the third anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster in Canada, which killed 47 people in a fiery explosion. This train passed through La Crosse days before the accident. Since this disaster, there have been additional oil and ethanol derailments that have resulted in spills […]

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Minn. Trains 5,700 First Responders For Oil Train Derailments, Explosions

Minn. Trains 5,700 First Responders For Oil Train Derailments, Explosions

June 28, 2016 | WCCO | ST. PAUL, Minn. State emergency officials say they have trained 5,700 first responders since 2014 on what to do in case of an oil train derailment and explosion. That training is now required for emergency responders in Minnesota after a series of oil train explosions and fires around the […]

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Washington governor calls for oil train moratorium on Union Pacific

Washington governor calls for oil train moratorium on Union Pacific

June 25, 2016 | The Columbian |Gov. Jay Inslee called for a halt on Union Pacific Railroad oil trains traveling through Washington on Friday until stricter safety standards are enacted. Inslee’s call comes after an oil train headed to Tacoma derailed in the Columbia River Gorge, in the town of Mosier, Ore., earlier this month. […]

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Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

June 24, 2016 | Q13 Fox | SEATTLE (AP) —Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser Friday evening for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the oil trains. […]

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Democrats Mount New Crude Train Safety Push After Derailment

June 15, 2016 | Bloomberg News | Senate Democrats are renewing a push for oil train safety legislation after a fiery crude-by-rail derailment resulting in a spill in Oregon’s pristine Columbia River Gorge, but analysts say the incident isn’t likely to be enough to spur congressional action anytime soon. The accident in Mosier, Ore., which […]

By June 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Oil Train Tank Cars Are Getting Safer But What About The Tracks?

Oil Train Tank Cars Are Getting Safer But What About The Tracks?

June 15, 2016 | OPB.org | Just after noon on June 3, the two-man Union Pacific crew hauling 96 cars of Tacoma-bound crude oil felt a tug on the train as they passed through the Columbia River Gorge. The train’s emergency brakes triggered unexpectedly, according to railroad union leaders, indicating bad track or equipment failure could be to […]

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State regulators fine Norfolk Southern for oil spill from train accident

May 30, 2016 | The Roanoke Times | State environmental regulators have cited Norfolk Southern Corp. for an oil spill that happened when two trains collided last summer in Pulaski County. The railroad agreed to pay a fine of $25,000 as part of an agreement with the Department of Environmental Quality. Another $5,231.62 will go […]

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Department of Transportation to inspect tracks where oil trains travel

May 30, 2016 | WKBN | YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – When trains carrying oil have an accident, the fire that results can spread for miles. Now, the federal government says the routes those trains travel on need to be safer. [Read the entire article here.]

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Judge says BNSF permits valid for La Crosse River marsh expansion

Judge says BNSF permits valid for La Crosse River marsh expansion

May 19, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune| A judge has determined state wildlife officials followed state law in issuing permits for BNSF Railway to build a second track through the La Crosse River marsh. A group of area residents last year challenged the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ decision and asked the court to block […]

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Decision on Phillips 66 rail spur project could come Monday

Decision on Phillips 66 rail spur project could come Monday

May 14, 2016 | San Luis Tribune | A tentative decision by the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission on a highly controversial proposal to add a rail spur to the Phillips 66 Nipomo Mesa refinery could be made Monday — though it’s tentative because whatever decision that panel makes will be appealed to the Board […]

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