Government Action

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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Residents, railroads at odds over rail trespassing law

Residents, railroads at odds over rail trespassing law

April 21, 2016 | News8000 | VERNON COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) –A rail trespassing law was the center of a local listening session Thursday. State Senator Jennifer Shilling held two listening sessions in De Soto and Stoddard about rail safety Thursday. Much of the session was about a rail trespassing that makes crossing rail tracks illegal […]

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Benicia Looks to Federal Regulators to Resolve Oil-by-Rail Controversy

Benicia Looks to Federal Regulators to Resolve Oil-by-Rail Controversy

April 21, 2016 |KQED |Benicia’s City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday to postpone a decision on Valero’s plan to build a railroad terminal at its refinery near the Suisun Bay. Chris Howe, health and safety director for the Valero refinery, said the company asked to delay the decision until the federal agency that regulates railroads provides […]

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