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There Will Be Blood – Oil Train Regulations Fail To Address Known Risks

There Will Be Blood – Oil Train Regulations Fail To Address Known Risks

January 18, 2016 | Desmog | “Railroad rules have been written in blood.” This line was included in the annual report of the Commissioner of Railroads for the state of Michigan — in 1901. The idea was that safety rules were only implemented when enough blood had been spilled. One hundred and fifteen years later, in […]

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Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

Crude by rail down, but officials still bracing for danger on tracks

January 12, 2016 | The News and Advance| Bakken crude oil shipments by rail have fallen with oil prices, but danger along Virginia’s rails has not gone away, members of the Railroad Safety and Security Task Force said. The task force called by Governor Terry McAuliffe after the CSX Transportation Inc. train derailed in downtown […]

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Harvard law clinic joins Albany County in oil train challenge

January 10, 2015 | Times Union|Lawyers and students from Harvard Law School will help Albany County make its case in a lawsuit that claims a new federal rules on oil train safety are not strict enough, County Executive Daniel McCoy said Thursday. The school’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic will help the county draft […]

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19 N.Y. communities get foamers to fight crude oil rail fires

January 4, 2015 | Ohio.com|ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The federal government is giving 19 New York communities located along major rail lines an extra dose of security. Emergency response trailers equipped with a foam substance that firefighters and hazardous materials teams can use to suppress fires caused by oil or other flammable liquids are being […]

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Cleanup following 1982 train derailment in Livingston near an end

Cleanup following 1982 train derailment in Livingston near an end

December 16, 2015 | The Advocate |LIVINGSTON — The wreckage splintered the pines like matchsticks and sowed the field with flames. But even after the last fire had been snuffed out, a more insidious threat had leached into the earth beneath Livingston. At 5:12 a.m. Sept. 28, 1982, an Illinois Central Gulf freight train staffed […]

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End of Crude Oil Export Ban Is Possible

End of Crude Oil Export Ban Is Possible

December 10, 2015 | NY Times | WASHINGTON — For months, Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, and Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota, formed a quiet, persistent alliance as they sought to convince their colleagues that it was time to end a more than 40-year ban on crude oil exports. They turned the […]

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Train safety provisions included in U.S. transportation bill

Train safety provisions included in U.S. transportation bill

December 4, 2015 | Milwaukee Sentintel | The mammoth five-year federal transportation bill that lawmakers hope to send to President Barack Obama early next week includes provisions, championed by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), that would require railroads to share critical safety information with local communities. “This legislation provides the transparency we’ve been begging and asking […]

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“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

“We Need Not Be Polite” Hears First National Conference On Oil Train Threats

November 30, 2015 | DESMOG| On November 12th, I boarded a train headed to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the first national independent gathering focused on the topic of oil trains. The trip would take me through Philadelphia where an Amtrak train crashed in May resulting in eight fatalities and over 200 injuries. There is general consensus […]

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Oil train safety concerns cast shadow over cross-border rail deal

Oil train safety concerns cast shadow over cross-border rail deal

November 30, 2015 | McClatchy DC | WATERTOWN, Wis. Concerns about the safety of crude oil trains loom over a proposed rail takeover that would create the largest rail system in North America. Last week, Alberta-based Canadian Pacific made public its plan to acquire Virginia-based Norfolk Southern. The $28.4 billion deal would need to be […]

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Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

November 17, 2015 |McClatchy DC|WASHINGTON — The train that derailed earlier this month in Wisconsin and spilled 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River didn’t have a sufficient number of cars carrying flammable liquids to meet lower federal speed requirements. The government set the new requirements this year in response to safety concerns about […]

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