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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 […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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. […]

By July 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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 […]

By July 13, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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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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 […]

By July 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By June 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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. […]

By June 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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. […]

By June 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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 →