Government Action

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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The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Denies Gateway Pacific Terminal

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Denies Gateway Pacific Terminal

May 13, 2016 | Railway Age| The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied and halted the permitting process for the $700 million Gateway Pacific Terminal project in Washington State because of objections by the Native Americans of Lummi Nation based on their land and fishing treaty of 1855. [Read the entire article here.]

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Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

May 12, 2016 | Railway Age | In a rarity in Congress, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act on May 11, 2016. [Read the entire article here.]  

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WPR Segment on Rail Safety

WPR Segment on Rail Safety

May 5, 2016 | WPR | The state of Wisconsin lags behind neighboring states when it comes to freight train safety according to La Crosse’s fire chief and a member of a citizens group that advocates for more safety measures. Rail safety has been a concern for many in recent years as an increase in […]

Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

April 22, 2016 | WPR | Thanks to a law that took effect earlier this year, a number of Wisconsin officials have been requesting and receiving bridge inspection reports from railroads. However, those officials say that the documents they’re receiving are coming up short with specifics. The Federal Railroad Administration has received 42 requests for rail […]

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Rail meetings draw ire over lost river access

Rail meetings draw ire over lost river access

April 22, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | STODDARD, Wis. — Despite compromise efforts to create more crossings, western Wisconsin sportsmen are angry over loss of access to Mississippi River caused by enforcement of a railroad trespassing law. About 200 people turned out Thursday afternoon for two listening sessions held by Sen. Jennifer Shilling of […]

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