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Aurora, Barrington ask judge to throw out oil train rules

Aurora, Barrington ask judge to throw out oil train rules

May 14, 2015 | Daily Herald | Barrington and Aurora are taking the federal government to court in hopes of getting a rewrite of oil train regulations. Recent rules issued by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration require stronger, more resilient tank cars be built to carry certain types of highly flammable liquids including […]

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Oil train rules take flak from firefighters

Oil train rules take flak from firefighters

May 14, 2015 |The Bulletin| WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and environmental and industry groups criticized the federal government’s new safety measures for oil trains when they were announced this month. Now another group has expressed disappointment in the new rules: Emergency responders. They’re among the first in danger when a fiery derailment happens. [Read the entire […]

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“This needs to be fixed:” FOX6 finds a new “risk on the rails,” could Milwaukee be the next Quebec?

  May 14, 2015 | Fox 6 | MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Last year, the FOX6 Investigators were the first to expose a new risk on the rails — a steady stream of long oil trains trekking across the state from North Dakota. The crude oil they carry from what’s called “The Bakken” is highly explosive. […]

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Oil companies challenge new oil train safety rules

May 13, 2015 | WC Trib | The oil industry is challenging new federal oil train safety rules. The American Petroleum Institute has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals to block some rules that recently were unveiled by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. The filing was no surprise because the trade group long has said that […]

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Vandalism on inactive rail line used to justify oil train secrecy

Vandalism on inactive rail line used to justify oil train secrecy

May 11, 2015 | McClatchy DC| Part of the federal government’s justification for keeping details about oil trains secret is literally hiding in the weeds on the South Dakota prairie. Itself hidden on page 255 of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 395-page final rule on trains carrying large volumes of flammable liquids, the example is […]

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New rules may make it harder to get information on Bakken oil trains

New rules may make it harder to get information on Bakken oil trains

May 8, 2015 | Star Tribune | WASHINGTON – New federal rules that aim to improve oil train safety may actually make it harder for Minnesotans to learn about the highly explosive Bakken crude rolling through their communities. Federal and state legislators worry that changes in mandatory railroad reporting requirements will make it more difficult […]

Rail Executive Blasts Oil-Train Rules

Rail Executive Blasts Oil-Train Rules

May 6, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal| Norfolk Southern Corp. Chief Executive Charles W. “Wick” Moorman said that the rail industry will challenge the federal government’s new crude-by-rail rules, adding regulators have “made some serious mistakes in the regulations.” The new safety rules could make shipping crude oil by train prohibitively expensive, Mr. Moorman […]

Schumer wants faster oil train changes than Obama

Schumer wants faster oil train changes than Obama

May 5, 2015 | The Hill| Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is introducing legislation to require faster implementation of a series of regulations regarding the transportation of crude oil that were unveiled last week by the Obama administration. Schumer’s legislation would require freight rail companies to phase out older rail cars that have been blamed for […]

The dangers of crude oil trains and the new rules to help

The dangers of crude oil trains and the new rules to help

May 5, 2015 | WGN News | Some call them bomb trains. They are trains loaded with crude oil and some head straight through Chicago-area towns. Since February, four of these trains have derailed in the U.S. and Canada and caused fiery explosions. One happened 160 miles outside Chicago in Galena. No one was killed […]

New Oil-By-Rail Regulations Are Big Win for Oil and Rail Industries, Won’t Stop “Bomb Trains”

New Oil-By-Rail Regulations Are Big Win for Oil and Rail Industries, Won’t Stop “Bomb Trains”

May 2, 2015 | DESMOG | The long-awaited oil-by-rail regulations released today are basically a guidebook for the oil and rail industries to continue doing business as usual when it comes to moving explosive Bakken crude oil by rail. DeSmog recently reported on how the Obama administration has worked behind the scenes to help achieve the […]