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Barrington village president continues fight against DOT-111 tank cars

Barrington village president continues fight against DOT-111 tank cars

January 22, 2014 | Barrington Courier Review | Despite a nearly two-year opposition led by leaders of small municipalities, including Barrington Village President Karen Darch, federal regulators struck a deal last week to reroute crude oil tankers away from major cities and through small communities like Barrington. The Jan. 16 federal agreement related to DOT-111 […]

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Dalrymple says new standards for railcars needed sooner than 2015

January 21, 2014 | Inforum | NEW YORK – Provisional safety standards for railcars carrying crude oil are needed as soon as possible, not next year as the U.S. Department of Transportation expects, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said in an interview on Tuesday. While Dalrymple has little power over federal regulators, his bully pulpit […]

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Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

January 21, 2014 | PHMSA |In response to recent accidents involving crude oil shipments by rail in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a “Call to Action,” calling on rail company executives, associations, shippers, and others to discuss how stakeholders can prevent or mitigate the consequences of rail accidents that involve […]

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N.D. political leaders question BNSF on rail safety

January 18, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | FARGO — North Dakota’s two senators took turns peppering two BNSF executives Saturday on the railroad company’s plans to prevent another train derailment like last month’s crash and fire near Casselton. The Dec. 30, 2013, collision that happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed and caused a train […]

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Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

January 17, 2014 | National Geographic | U.S. officials are weighing a wide range of actions to address what they view as the increasing public risk due to oil trains. Thanks to the booming oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and the ramp-up of ethanol production throughout the Midwest, U.S. railways now are carrying […]

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Finger-Pointing at Closed-Door Meeting

Finger-Pointing at Closed-Door Meeting

January 16, 2014 | AP – Matthew Brown | Oil and railroad executives met in Washington, D.C. last week with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Although the meeting was closed-door, this article mentions finger-pointing going on between railroad and oil executives. Oil executives blame the railroads for rail line deficiencies while the railroads blame the oil […]

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Walz Calls for Hearing on Rail Safety

Walz Calls for Hearing on Rail Safety

Washington, DC [1/15/14] – Today, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN), a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) requesting a hearing be held to examine rail safety. Representative Walz’s staff met with concerned citizens in La Crescent […]

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NTSB releases final report on Cherry Valley train derailment

NTSB releases final report on Cherry Valley train derailment

May 23, 2012 | WREX | CHERRY VALLEY (WREX) – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the 2009 trail derailment that killed one woman in Cherry Valley. A Canadian National Railway Company freight train derailed just after 8:30 p.m. on June 19, 2009 after hitting a section of track near […]

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EPA update: Rockford freight train derailment and Rock River fish kill

EPA update: Rockford freight train derailment and Rock River fish kill

June 26, 2009 | EPA | (Chicago, Ill. – June 26, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 said today that cleanup at the site of a Canadian National (CN) freight train derailment in Rockford, Ill., is well under way. The incident occurred on June 19, when 14 tanker cars containing a 95 percent ethanol/5 […]

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Railroad Accident Report – Cherry Valley, IL

Railroad Accident Report – Cherry Valley, IL

June 19, 2009 | NTSB | About 8:36 p.m., central daylight time, on Friday, June 19, 2009, eastbound Canadian National Railway Company freight train U70691-18, traveling at 36 mph, derailed at a highway/rail grade crossing in Cherry Valley, Illinois. The train consisted of 2 locomotives and 114 cars, 19 of which derailed. All of the […]

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