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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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Federal Railroad Administration proposes “two-crew minimum”

Federal Railroad Administration proposes “two-crew minimum”

April 20, 2016 | WXOW | The Federal Railroad Administration has released a proposal to require all freight and passenger trains across the country to operate with a crew of no fewer than two people. The proposed mandate follows a year with a number of train derailments and accidents including one in Quebec that killed […]

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Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

Montana to create rail safety plan after critical audit

April 19, 2016 | Penn Energy|HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s Public Service Commission hopes to come up with a rail safety plan within six months after a report criticized the agency for having never written one, even as the train traffic carrying volatile crude from the Bakken oil patch has increased. [Read the entire article […]

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No decision on Phillips 66 oil-by-rail proposal after fifth day of hearings

No decision on Phillips 66 oil-by-rail proposal after fifth day of hearings

April 15, 2016 | The Tribune |After a fifth daylong hearing, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission did not come to a decision on a controversial proposed rail spur project at the Phillips 66 Nipomo Mesa refinery and scheduled a sixth and possibly final hearing for May 16. During Friday’s hearing, the commission considered […]

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Rail Safety Efforts

Rail Safety Efforts

  April 11, 2016 | News 8000 | A report on the Alma, WI and Brownsville, MN derailments, new MN legislation and an interview with CARS – Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, La Crosse. [Watch the video here.]

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Minnesota legislators want railroads to open books on emergency response

Minnesota legislators want railroads to open books on emergency response

April 8, 2016 | Star Tribune | The emergency management director for St. Paul held up a sheet of paper covered with a large black square. It was a redacted record he had requested to learn how railroad companies would respond to a potential oil train derailment in his city. “The good news is that […]

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Residents remain concerned over crude oil trains in NorCal

Residents remain concerned over crude oil trains in NorCal

April 6, 2016 | KCRA | The passionate debate is renewed in Benicia as the oil company Valero appeals a decision that prevented more oil trains. [Watch the video here.]

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Video: MN Transportation and Public Safety Committee Webcast Re Rail Safety and Training

April 3, 2016 | Minnesota Senate | A very revealing hearing regarding new legislation to enhance the current legislation regarding rail safety, first responder training and the sharing of information with first responders. Watch the video above or watch it from the MN Senate website by clicking here.