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Crude oil shipments by rail on the rise in B.C. despite Lac-Megantic disaster

Crude oil shipments by rail on the rise in B.C. despite Lac-Megantic disaster

January 24, 2014 | Quebec Gazette | OTTAWA — Shipments of crude oil by rail are steaming forward in B.C. even as investigators said Thursday the federal government has failed to eliminate “critical weaknesses” in the rail system in the six months since the deadly Lac-Megantic train disaster. Officials from the Transportation Safety Board delivered […]

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Are More Pipelines and Rail Safety Measures Needed in Bakken? – Senator John Hoeven – Video

January 23, 2014 | Bakkenshale.com | As North Dakota approaches the 1-million barrel per day mark, infrastructure for transporting the oil remains a significant concern, with pipelines being one obvious solution. Concerns sparked by train derailments have also contributed to the need increased safety measures. Interview (video) with Senator John Hoeven. [Read the entire article […]

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NTSB: Oil train crash risks ‘major loss of life’

NTSB: Oil train crash risks ‘major loss of life’

January 23, 2014 | AP | WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning that a “major loss of life” could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules. The unusual joint recommendations by the U.S. […]

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“Change must come and it must come now.”

“Change must come and it must come now.”

January 23, 2014 | The Montreal Gazette | OTTAWA – Nearly 20 years after the Transportation Safety Board first recommended “immediate action” on unsafe railway tank cars, the national safety investigator issued a new clarion call Thursday urging governments to act. If a series of chemical spills in the 1990s from the easily ruptured tankers […]

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Barrington village president continues fight against DOT-111 tank cars

Barrington village president continues fight against DOT-111 tank cars

January 22, 2014 | Barrington Courier Review | Despite a nearly two-year opposition led by leaders of small municipalities, including Barrington Village President Karen Darch, federal regulators struck a deal last week to reroute crude oil tankers away from major cities and through small communities like Barrington. The Jan. 16 federal agreement related to DOT-111 […]

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Dalrymple says new standards for railcars needed sooner than 2015

January 21, 2014 | Inforum | NEW YORK – Provisional safety standards for railcars carrying crude oil are needed as soon as possible, not next year as the U.S. Department of Transportation expects, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said in an interview on Tuesday. While Dalrymple has little power over federal regulators, his bully pulpit […]

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Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

January 21, 2014 | PHMSA |In response to recent accidents involving crude oil shipments by rail in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a “Call to Action,” calling on rail company executives, associations, shippers, and others to discuss how stakeholders can prevent or mitigate the consequences of rail accidents that involve […]

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N.D. political leaders question BNSF on rail safety

January 18, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | FARGO — North Dakota’s two senators took turns peppering two BNSF executives Saturday on the railroad company’s plans to prevent another train derailment like last month’s crash and fire near Casselton. The Dec. 30, 2013, collision that happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed and caused a train […]

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Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

January 17, 2014 | National Geographic | U.S. officials are weighing a wide range of actions to address what they view as the increasing public risk due to oil trains. Thanks to the booming oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and the ramp-up of ethanol production throughout the Midwest, U.S. railways now are carrying […]

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Finger-Pointing at Closed-Door Meeting

Finger-Pointing at Closed-Door Meeting

January 16, 2014 | AP – Matthew Brown | Oil and railroad executives met in Washington, D.C. last week with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Although the meeting was closed-door, this article mentions finger-pointing going on between railroad and oil executives. Oil executives blame the railroads for rail line deficiencies while the railroads blame the oil […]

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