Government Action

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.  

Information about railroad hazards must be shared

April 1, 2016 | Star Tribune | Late last month, the tiny northwestern Minnesota town of Callaway joined the growing list of Midwestern cities that no one wants to be on: the communities where freight train derailments have occurred. On March 24, a tanker truck apparently pulled in front of a Canadian Pacific Railway train […]

Railroad Officials Clash With Lawmakers Over Safety Bill

Railroad Officials Clash With Lawmakers Over Safety Bill

April 1, 2016 | WCCO  Minnesota railroad officials are strongly opposing a bill at the state legislature which toughens up rail safety laws, calling it unnecessary. The bill greatly expands rail safety requirements, and requires railroads to provide more detailed information faster about trains carrying hazardous materials, like oil. Minnesota passed new rail safety laws […]

Dayton Stresses Statewide Rail Safety in Visit to Recent Train Derailment Site in Callaway

Dayton Stresses Statewide Rail Safety in Visit to Recent Train Derailment Site in Callaway

March 26, 2016 | KSTP | On Saturday, Governor Mark Dayton toured the small town of Callaway. That’s where a train derailment caused an evacuation for nearly 24 hours this week. A preliminary investigation shows a propane tanker truck pulled out in front of a Canadian Pacific train in Callaway, causing a crash that evacuated […]

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NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

March 2, 2016 | NTSB | The NTSB has issued its findings regarding the Lynchburg crude oil train disaster. [Read the findings here.]

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Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

March 1, 2016 | Legislative Gazette | Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration successfully inspected crude oil tank cars and rails that transport oil across the state. Inspection teams examined 215 crude oil tank cars, approximately 190 miles of track and 26 […]

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FRA Launches Website for States and Municipalities to Request Bridge Inspection Reports

February 26, 2016 | FRA | WASHINGTON – The Federal Railroad Administration today launched a new tool on its website that allows states and municipalities to request inspection reports for rail bridges in their communities. The tool is being launched following the passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act and is one of […]

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