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U.S. fines three oil companies in first move since derailments

February 4, 2014 | Reuters | Three oil companies operating in North Dakota were fined $93,000 on Tuesday for wrongly classifying fuel shipments in the first sanctions since a series of fiery derailments put the energy industry under a spotlight. The Department of Transportation said Hess Corp, Marathon Oil Corp and Whiting Petroleum Corp were […]

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Oil-by-rail regulations bill clears first House hurdle; Senate weighs study

Oil-by-rail regulations bill clears first House hurdle; Senate weighs study

February 4, 2014 | The News Tribune| Lawmakers in the House and Senate both agree more study is needed to counteract the growing public safety risk posed by increasing shipments of oil by rail tanker cars and marine waters. But the chambers are moving along quite different tracks to deal with a risk that is […]

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Ravena mayor questions oil train safety; $2M state rail improvement subsidy

Ravena mayor questions oil train safety; $2M state rail improvement subsidy

February 4, 2014 |timesunion.com|Ravena Village Mayor John Bruno is raising safety concerns over plans by a railroad freight hauler to expand tracks that divide the village to accommodate increased oil rail train shipments. Bruno is also annoyed that the state gave $2 million last year to rail carrier CSX to add a second line of tracks […]

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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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