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Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

Oil, coal train measure aims for ballot

April 15, 2017 | Spokane Journal of Business | One proposed ballot initiative that would put restrictions on oil and coal shipments via railroad through Spokane for public safety reasons is in the signature-gathering process, while another that sought to ban such shipments outright by codifying people’s right to a healthy climate has been withdrawn. […]

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Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

Thousands of defects found on oil train routes

April 5, 2017 | ABC News| When a freight train derailed in the Montana town of Culbertson, spilling 27,000 gallons of crude oil, investigators blamed the 2015 accident on defective or missing fasteners used to hold the tracks in place. The previous year, cracks in a track that went unrepaired caused a train hauling oil […]

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322,000 Gallons of Ethanol Released in Fiery Iowa Derailment

April 4, 2017 | US News | GRAETTINGER, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have determined that 322,000 gallons of ethanol were released during a northwest Iowa train derailment that erupted into flames. The Union Pacific train derailed early March 10 on a trestle bridge spanning a creek near Graettinger (GREHT’-ihn-jur), about 160 miles (257 kilometers) northwest […]

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Railway Safety Advocates Raise Concerns Over Proposed Legislation

April 4, 2017 | KSTP | Railway safety advocates are worried private companies could avoid adequate liability under identical bills state lawmakers in both the House and Senate are trying to pass. The bills give the Metropolitan Council and counties the ability to contract with railroads “for the joint or shared use of the council’s […]

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Frac Sand Train Derailment in Prairie du Chien late Wednesday

Frac Sand Train Derailment in Prairie du Chien late Wednesday

March 30, 2017 | WKBT-TV | PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (WKBT) – At 11:15 p.m., March 29, Prairie du Chien Police responded to a train derailment between the Pattison Sand Company’s loading site on Hwy 18 and the Prairie du Chien Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plant. [Read the entire article here.]

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At least 10 freight train cars derail in Lake Forest

March 15, 2017 | WLS | LAKE FOREST, Ill. — A freight train derailed early Wednesday in north suburban Lake Forest. At least 10 cars from the Union Pacific train derailed about 3:10 a.m. near Route 41 and West Deerpath Road, according to a statement from Lake Forest police. No hazardous materials were found leaking […]

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State Police: ‘Close To A Miracle’ More People Weren’t Hurt In Newburgh Train Derailment

March 8, 2017 | CBS New York | NEWBURGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It was “close to a miracle” that more people didn’t get hurt when a CSX freight train derailed in Newburgh after colliding with an articulating boom lift, a New York State Police captain said Wednesday. Crews are continuing efforts to remove the derailed […]

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San Jose: Residents rally to derail plan that would send oil tankers through city

San Jose: Residents rally to derail plan that would send oil tankers through city

February 19, 2017 | Mercury News | San Jose residents and local activists have organized a march Sunday and community meeting Thursday to remind the public that the fight to prevent flammable crude oil from being hauled on rail through Willow Glen and other neighborhoods up and down the state isn’t over. Although the San Luis […]

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Why Is the Exxon-Funded Heartland Institute Now Calling Oil Trains “Dangerously Flammable”?

Why Is the Exxon-Funded Heartland Institute Now Calling Oil Trains “Dangerously Flammable”?

February 19, 2017 | DESMOG | Exxon is owner of the largest oil-by-rail terminal in Canada. Is the oil industry — or at least its paid supporters — finally admitting that moving oil by rail might be too dangerous? Or is this just the latest talking point to push for more pipelines while fighting safety […]

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Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

February 7, 2017 | ABC News | A defective axle broke and caused a 2013 train derailment that led to a series of explosions just a quarter-mile outside a small North Dakota town, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. A BNSF train carrying soybeans derailed and was struck by one carrying oil, setting off […]

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