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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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Kind asks BNSF to outline weather safety plans in wake of Ferryville derailment

Kind asks BNSF to outline weather safety plans in wake of Ferryville derailment

November 16, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune | In the wake of the most recent train derailment on the Mississippi River, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind is asking BNSF Railway what steps it has taken to prevent future mishaps during severe weather. In a letter sent Wednesday, Kind cited the derailment of a BNSF train near […]

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Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

September 30, 2016 | tdn.com | In the wake of the oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge,  Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is pressing the U.S. Department of Transportation study ways to reduce fire and explosion risks during oil train derailments. Herrera Beutler sent a letter to the U.S. Department Transportation this month encouraging […]

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Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

September 30, 2017 | ABC News | The train crash in New Jersey that left one woman dead and 114 others injured has re-ignited the debate over positive train control, an automatic breaking system that deploys when trains run above the speed limit among other scenarios. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

September 14, 2016 | DESMOG | According to information provided to DeSmog by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), from 2010 to 2015 there were seven accidents involving ethanol train derailments; half as many as the 14 accidents with oil trains. This lower number of accidents for ethanol trains is despite the fact that more ethanol was […]

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Rail Industry Requests Massive Loophole in Oil-by-Rail Safety To Extend Bomb Trains Well Beyond 2025

Rail Industry Requests Massive Loophole in Oil-by-Rail Safety To Extend Bomb Trains Well Beyond 2025

July 21, 2016 | Desmogblog.com | In the most recent oil-by-rail accident in Mosier, Oregon the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) concluded that the tank cars involved — the jacketed CPC-1232 type — “performed as expected.” So an oil train derailing at the relatively slow speed of 25 mph should be “expected” to have breached cars resulting in fiery explosions. […]

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Slow progress seen on faulty crude oil rail cars

July 13, 2016 | The Register-Guard | BILLINGS, Mont. — Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted new rules for the industry, U.S. safety officials said Tuesday. Just over 10,300 stronger tank […]

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Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

Feds propose railroads have plans to deal with oil spills

July 13, 2016 | McClatchy DC | WASHINGTON – Railroads hauling crude oil would be required to develop comprehensive plans for dealing with a significant oil spill, including providing detailed information to state and tribal authorities, under a rule proposed Wednesday by the Department of Transportation. The proposal also includes a new testing method for […]

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Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

June 24, 2016 | Q13 Fox | SEATTLE (AP) —Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser Friday evening for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the oil trains. […]

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