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Environmental Groups Sue, Charge Oil Train Safety Rules Inadequate

May 18, 2015 | Insurance Journal | Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued earlier this month for trains carrying oil, arguing the regulations are too weak to protect the public. The groups, including the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, charge that the rules, issued on May 1, […]

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Riverkeeper sues U.S. DOT over oil train safety rules

May 18, 2015 | Times Union | The Hudson River environmental advocacy group Riverkeeper is challenging new U.S. Department of Transportation crude-by-rail standards in federal court, saying that they fail to protect the public and the environment from proven threats, according to a statement issued Monday. [Read the entire email here.]    

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New oil train safety rules spell delay, leaving citizens at risk

New oil train safety rules spell delay, leaving citizens at risk

May 18, 2015 | The Hill | Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento, Calif.: These are just a few of the cities within the “blast zones” of mile-long trains carrying flammable crude oil across the country. Twenty-five million Americans live in these vulnerable areas; yet it will be years until dangerous tank cars are retrofitted or retired […]

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Oil tankers: Danger on the rails

Oil tankers: Danger on the rails

May 15, 2015 | CNN | Barrington, Illinois (CNN)On the surface, this is a tidy, upscale community in suburban Chicago where the biggest headache is the commute to downtown. But listen to city officials talk, and they’ll tell you that in recent years, Barrington has become one of the nation’s epicenters for possible large-scale disaster. […]

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Suburbs file appeal to stop new oil train safety rules

  May 14, 2015 | WLS-TV| CHICAGO (WLS) — What if the derailed Philadelphia Amtrak train had been carrying crude oil instead of people? At 107 mph, if a train hauling explosive crude oil derailed around Chicago, the outcome would be catastrophic – certainly much worse than what happened in Philadelphia Tuesday night. Even as […]

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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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