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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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Boost rail safety before luck runs out

Boost rail safety before luck runs out

Novembmer 15, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| When it comes to rail safety, we shouldn’t have to count on luck. The derailment upriver more than a week ago could have been much, much worse. Frankly, it was bad enough. A derailed BNSF Railway freight train dumped as much as 20,000 gallons of ethanol in Mississippi […]

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Baldwin, FRA chief visit Alma derailment site

WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |   November 13, 2015 | WXOW | Alma, WI (WXOW) – Six days after 32 train cars derailed and ended up in the backwaters of the Mississippi River in Alma, Wisconsin, federal investigators are still working in full force. On Thursday, U.S. fish […]

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‘We dodged a bullet’: State, federal officials visit Alma derailment site, call for safety measures

‘We dodged a bullet’: State, federal officials visit Alma derailment site, call for safety measures

November 13, 2015 | Winona Daily News| ALMA, Wis. — There were no injuries and so far no signs of environmental damage after a freight train carrying ethanol went off the tracks Saturday, but state and federal officials are calling for better regulation and safety measures in the wake of two Wisconsin derailments in as […]

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Sen. Shilling, Rep. Billings ask for rail safety hearings

WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |   November 11, 2015 | WXOW| La Crosse, WI – Representative Jill Billings hosted a media event Tuesday at the railroad crossing at 27th and Cass Street in La Crosse as a call to action, urging the railroads to take responsibility for the […]

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Feds reject industry challenges to oil train safety rule

Feds reject industry challenges to oil train safety rule

November 11, 2015 | McClatch DC| WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Transportation has rejected several appeals by industry groups to its rule issued in May on the safety of trains carrying large quantities of crude oil and ethanol. The department also agreed with tribal groups in the Pacific Northwest that had expressed concern about proposed […]

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Baldwin, FRA chief to visit Alma derailment site

Baldwin, FRA chief to visit Alma derailment site

November 11, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and the head of the Federal Railroad Administration are expected to meet with local officials and first responders Thursday in Alma at the site of one of two Wisconsin derailments that happened over the weekend. [Read the entire article here.]

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