Government Action

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.  

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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