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Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

April 15, 2017 | Spokane Journal of Business | One proposed ballot initiative that would put restrictions on oil and coal shipments via railroad through Spokane for public safety reasons is in the signature-gathering process, while another that sought to ban such shipments outright by codifying people’s right to a healthy climate has been withdrawn. […]

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Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

April 5, 2017 | ABC News| When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold the tracks in place. The previous year, cracks in a track that went unrepaired caused a train hauling oil […]

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Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

February 7, 2017 | ABC News | A defective axle broke and caused a 2013 train derailment that led to a series of explosions just a quarter-mile outside a small North Dakota town, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. A BNSF train carrying soybeans derailed and was struck by one carrying oil, setting off […]

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Rail Industry Eager for a New Trump Era Light on Safety Rules

Rail Industry Eager for a New Trump Era Light on Safety Rules

January 21, 2017 | DESMOG | “The policy landscape in Washington, D.C., dramatically shifted on Election Day…” While clearly not news to anyone, it was part of Edward Hamberger’s address to a conference in New York a week after Trump’s presidential victory. Hamberger is CEO of the rail industry lobbying group, the Association of American Railroads […]

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Trucking, Rail Industries Team Up to Limit New Rules

Trucking, Rail Industries Team Up to Limit New Rules

January 12,2017 | The Wall Street Journal | The trucking and rail industries, often at odds in Washington, are teaming up to press the incoming Trump administration to limit the ability of transportation regulators to write new rules. Leaders of the industry trade groups say they are trying to unite transport representatives in Washington, including […]

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Union Pacific sues to force track expansion where crude oil train derailed last summer

January 11, 2017 | Omaha World-Herald | MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Union Pacific is asking a federal judge to reject local rules that threaten to derail its plans to add a second main track along the Columbia River Gorge where a crude oil train derailed last June. The Omaha-based railroad filed the lawsuit Tuesday against […]

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NTSB still preparing report on 2013 oil train crash, explosion

NTSB still preparing report on 2013 oil train crash, explosion

Billings Gazette | December 30, 2016 | CASSELTON, N.D. — It’s been three years since a train derailment near here triggered an explosion that sent a massive fireball into the sky, highlighting the dangers of moving crude oil by rail. In that time, the National Transportation Safety Board has been investigating the Dec. 30, 2013, crash […]

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Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

December 28, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune| Federal authorities say crew fatigue may have contributed to the derailment of a BNSF freight train that spilled more than 20,000 gallons of ethanol after leaving the tracks last year near Alma, Wis. The engineer applied the brakes too suddenly, in violation of railroad guidelines, causing 25 cars […]

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Union Pacific in fiery Mosier derailment agrees to changes

Union Pacific in fiery Mosier derailment agrees to changes

December 24, 2016| Oregon Live | he nation’s largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network. [Read the entire article here.]   Save

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Oil-By-Rail Regulators Consider Crude Oil Volatility Limits That Would Require Oil Stabilization

Oil-By-Rail Regulators Consider Crude Oil Volatility Limits That Would Require Oil Stabilization

November 29, 2016 | Desmog Blog | In July 2015, a train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in Culbertson, Montana resulting in an oil spill of 35,000 gallons — more than the contents of a full rail tank car. But unlike all of the other Bakken train accidents where large amounts of oil were spilled something odd […]

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