Government Action

Crude oil train disclosures raise risk of attack, regulators told

October 16, 2014 | McClatchy DC|Information about rail shipments of crude oil should be kept secret because of potential threats from foreign terrorists and environmental extremists, two rail industry trade groups argued to federal regulators in an August document that was made public this week. [Read the entire article here.]

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Railways Enlist Lumberyards in U.S. Oil-Train Speed Fight

October 15, 2014| Bloomberg News | U.S. railroads are rallying customers, including lumber and steel executives, to fight a government safety proposal to slow trains hauling another commodity: crude oil. More than a dozen companies and business groups, urged by railroads including Union Pacific Corp. (UNP), are warning regulators that cutting speeds to 40 miles […]

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Feds Weigh New Oil Train Rules

Feds Weigh New Oil Train Rules

October 12, 2014 | Flathead Beacon | Federal officials are jumping headfirst into more than 2,000 comments submitted about a series of proposed regulations to safeguard the movement of crude oil by rail. The rules, proposed earlier this year by the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, call for phasing out the […]

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Minnesota Takes A Stand On Making Bakken Oil Trains Safer

Minnesota Takes A Stand On Making Bakken Oil Trains Safer

October 3, 2014 | KUNC|O il trains are one of the clearest connections between the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and regular Americans. In 2008, no oil left North Dakota by train. Now, over 700,000 barrels a day do. The trains run next to homes and through downtowns from Oregon to Virginia. And when […]

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Emergency responders prepare for real-world disaster in mock river spill

Emergency responders prepare for real-world disaster in mock river spill

October 4, 2014| La Crosse Tribune| The situation was artificial but nevertheless plausible: a southbound train derailed in the night, spilling 150,000 gallons of volatile crude oil into the Mississippi River backwaters off Goose Island. Dozens of emergency responders from federal, state and local agencies — as well as the private sector — from three […]

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La Crosse-area responders prepare for oil spill

La Crosse-area responders prepare for oil spill

October 3, 2014 | News 8 | LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – There is more than 120 million gallons of oil being transported by trains along the Mississippi River each week. A spill could be devastating to the river. There are at least 40 trains per week traveling through eight counties along the Wisconsin side […]

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Too many oil trains in Minnesota?

KMSP-TV   September 30, 2014| KMSP|ST. PAUL, Minn.  -The controversy over the amount of trains carrying oil on the rails in Minnesota rolled straight through the Minnesota State Capitol on Tuesday, were lawmakers are asking tough questions about it. The increasing number of oil shipments from North Dakota is partially blamed for everything from last […]

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U.S. regulator taking steps to tame oil train dangers

October 2, 2014 | Reuters| WASHINGTON Oct 1 (Reuters) – U.S. inspectors will use a device that detects explosive gases during spot checks of oil train cargoes as the government prepares new rules to prevent deadly explosions, a Transportation Department official said on Wednesday. A national energy bonanza has been aided by oil trains connecting […]

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Chicago, suburbs tell U.S. to tighten crude-oil train rules

Chicago, suburbs tell U.S. to tighten crude-oil train rules

October 1, 2014 |Chicago Tribune| Warning that a crude-oil train derailment in the densely populated Chicago area could result in “unthinkable” devastation, city and suburban officials are calling for stricter rules on hazardous material shipments than the federal government has proposed. “An incident in a heavily populated area of the city could potentially impact thousands […]

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Citizens, Federal Officials Concerned By Deterioration Of Area Railroad Bridges

Citizens, Federal Officials Concerned By Deterioration Of Area Railroad Bridges

October 1, 2014 | WPR News| The safety of some rail bridges along the Mississippi River has some residents concerned and federal officials questioning the integrity of the structures. The railroads follow the entire stretch of the Mississippi River along Wisconsin. Trains travel next to highways, pass through towns and cross the river on lines […]

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