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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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Democrats Mount New Crude Train Safety Push After Derailment

June 15, 2016 | Bloomberg News | Senate Democrats are renewing a push for oil train safety legislation after a fiery crude-by-rail derailment resulting in a spill in Oregon’s pristine Columbia River Gorge, but analysts say the incident isn’t likely to be enough to spur congressional action anytime soon. The accident in Mosier, Ore., which […]

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Oil Train Tank Cars Are Getting Safer But What About The Tracks?

Oil Train Tank Cars Are Getting Safer But What About The Tracks?

June 15, 2016 | OPB.org | Just after noon on June 3, the two-man Union Pacific crew hauling 96 cars of Tacoma-bound crude oil felt a tug on the train as they passed through the Columbia River Gorge. The train’s emergency brakes triggered unexpectedly, according to railroad union leaders, indicating bad track or equipment failure could be to […]

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Department of Transportation to inspect tracks where oil trains travel

May 30, 2016 | WKBN | YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – When trains carrying oil have an accident, the fire that results can spread for miles. Now, the federal government says the routes those trains travel on need to be safer. [Read the entire article here.]

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Judge says BNSF permits valid for La Crosse River marsh expansion

Judge says BNSF permits valid for La Crosse River marsh expansion

May 19, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune| A judge has determined state wildlife officials followed state law in issuing permits for BNSF Railway to build a second track through the La Crosse River marsh. A group of area residents last year challenged the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ decision and asked the court to block […]

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