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Shipping oil by rail brings risks, new worries

Shipping oil by rail brings risks, new worries

February 4, 2014 | Duluth News Tribune | CASSELTON, N.D. — Maggie Heller watched black smoke drift over her Leonard home a month ago, 20 miles south from where more than a dozen rail cars full of oil exploded. Heller stops her car farther back from the train tracks now, cringing as she watches others […]

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NTSB: DOT-111 Tank Car Design Recommendations

NTSB: DOT-111 Tank Car Design Recommendations

After analysis of the Cherry Valley, IL accident, the NTSB recommended an number of changes to the DOT-111 tank car design. Here is their recommendations presented as a slide show:

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NY Governor Cuomo Directs Federal Agencies to Take Action

January 30, 2014 | dot-111.info | Although the regulation of rail transportation issues is federally controlled, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo  is directing various federal agencies to act on the behalf of New York state. He is asking for these agencies to upgrade DOT-111 tank cars and pre-deploy appropriate spill response equipment and resources to […]

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U.S. Plains Oil Shipments Disrupting Amtrak Trains

U.S. Plains Oil Shipments Disrupting Amtrak Trains

January 29, 2014 | ABC News |A group that advocates for train and rail transit passengers says a massive increase in rail shipments of crude oil from the northern Plains is partly to blame for disruptions to an Amtrak route linking Chicago and the West Coast. The National Association of Railroad Passengers wrote to U.S. […]

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Emanuel calls for fee on rail cars carrying dangerous materials

Emanuel calls for fee on rail cars carrying dangerous materials

January 23, 2014 | Chicago Tribune | WASHINGTON — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, addressing the nation’s mayors, today proposed a national hazardous-freight fee be assessed on rail cars carrying dangerous substances. He said he was motivated by rail disasters including the one last summer that devastated the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. Emanuel […]

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Accidents Surge as Oil Industry Takes the Train

Accidents Surge as Oil Industry Takes the Train

January 25, 2014 | NY Times | CASSELTON, N.D. — Kerry’s Kitchen is where Casselton residents gather for gossip and comfort food, especially the caramel rolls baked fresh every morning. But a fiery rail accident last month only a half mile down the tracks, which prompted residents to evacuate the town, has shattered this calm, […]

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Following Series Of Accidents, Walker Asks For Meeting With Freight Rail Companies

Following Series Of Accidents, Walker Asks For Meeting With Freight Rail Companies

January 24, 2014 | WPR News | Following a series of accidents involving oil trains over the past year, Gov. Scott Walker is asking that a meeting be set up with freight rail companies. Trains carrying crude oil have exploded in Canada and North Dakota over the last year, and another oil train had a […]

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Crude oil shipments by rail on the rise in B.C. despite Lac-Megantic disaster

Crude oil shipments by rail on the rise in B.C. despite Lac-Megantic disaster

January 24, 2014 | Quebec Gazette | OTTAWA — Shipments of crude oil by rail are steaming forward in B.C. even as investigators said Thursday the federal government has failed to eliminate “critical weaknesses” in the rail system in the six months since the deadly Lac-Megantic train disaster. Officials from the Transportation Safety Board delivered […]

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Are More Pipelines and Rail Safety Measures Needed in Bakken? – Senator John Hoeven – Video

January 23, 2014 | Bakkenshale.com | As North Dakota approaches the 1-million barrel per day mark, infrastructure for transporting the oil remains a significant concern, with pipelines being one obvious solution. Concerns sparked by train derailments have also contributed to the need increased safety measures. Interview (video) with Senator John Hoeven. [Read the entire article […]

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NTSB: Oil train crash risks ‘major loss of life’

NTSB: Oil train crash risks ‘major loss of life’

January 23, 2014 | AP | WASHINGTON (AP) — Warning that a “major loss of life” could result from an accident involving the increasing use of trains to transport large amounts of crude oil, U.S. and Canadian accident investigators urged their governments Thursday to impose new safety rules. The unusual joint recommendations by the U.S. […]

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