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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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Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

Senate unanimity: Rail safety bill passes

May 12, 2016 | Railway Age | In a rarity in Congress, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Act on May 11, 2016. [Read the entire article here.]  

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Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

Rail Bridge Inspection Reports Come Under Scrutiny

April 22, 2016 | WPR | Thanks to a law that took effect earlier this year, a number of Wisconsin officials have been requesting and receiving bridge inspection reports from railroads. However, those officials say that the documents they’re receiving are coming up short with specifics. The Federal Railroad Administration has received 42 requests for rail […]

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Federal Railroad Administration proposes “two-crew minimum”

Federal Railroad Administration proposes “two-crew minimum”

April 20, 2016 | WXOW | The Federal Railroad Administration has released a proposal to require all freight and passenger trains across the country to operate with a crew of no fewer than two people. The proposed mandate follows a year with a number of train derailments and accidents including one in Quebec that killed […]

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NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

March 2, 2016 | NTSB | The NTSB has issued its findings regarding the Lynchburg crude oil train disaster. [Read the findings here.]

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Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

March 1, 2016 | Legislative Gazette | Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration successfully inspected crude oil tank cars and rails that transport oil across the state. Inspection teams examined 215 crude oil tank cars, approximately 190 miles of track and 26 […]

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Audit Faults FRA

Audit Faults FRA

February 26, 2016 | Star Tribune | WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil and other hazardous cargo for criminal prosecution, and are going lightly on civil fines, according to a report released Friday by a government watchdog. The Federal Railroad Administration routinely applies […]

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