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Three Minnesota towns seek millions of dollars in rail safety projects

March 24, 2016 | Duluth News Tribune | ST. PAUL – Separating streets from railroads that carry oil trains could save lives in Minnesota communities, a House committee heard Thursday. Moorhead, Red Wing and Coon Rapids leaders argued for millions of dollars their communities would use to build bridges so busy railroad crossings would not […]

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Proposed railway through Yukon and Alaska ready for oil train feasibility study

Proposed railway through Yukon and Alaska ready for oil train feasibility study

March 22, 2016 | CBC News | A proposed northern railway that would carry petroleum products from Fort McMurray, Alta., to an Alaskan port is projected to cost at least $28 billion, according to a recently released pre-feasibility study. The line would run past Watson Lake, Ross River and Carmacks before continuing through central Yukon to Alaska. [Read […]

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Oil Trains Carry Bigger Risks For People Of Color

Oil Trains Carry Bigger Risks For People Of Color

March 14, 2016 | NPR – WESA|A rash of oil train derailments, spills and explosions in recent years has put a spotlight on the silent risks of transporting fossil fuels. Indeed, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians live within the likely evacuation zone of a potential oil train accident. But according to a new study from […]

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Shelburne And Vermont Railway Battle In Court, And Court Of Public Opinion

Shelburne And Vermont Railway Battle In Court, And Court Of Public Opinion

March 9, 2016 | VPR | The Town of Shelburne and Vermont Railway issued two very different press releases Monday about the same court decision. Both sides claimed victory on what was essentially a non-decision. And in an email to the press, the chairman of the Shelburne Select Board accused Vermont Railway of lying. At […]

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Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

Report: Lynchburg oil train derailment could have been prevented

March 8, 2016 | Richmond Times-Dispatch| The derailment of a train carrying highly volatile crude oil in downtown Lynchburg two years ago would not have occurred if CSX Transportation had time to carry out the recommendations of a working group on rail failure accepted two weeks before the accident, a federal safety agency has concluded. […]

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We must recognize the dangers of crude oil rail traffic

March 8, 2016 | Journal Sentinel| A ferocious explosion and fireball followed a Wisconsin Central train wreck in the frigid predawn hours of March 4, 1996, in Weyauwega. Two thousand citizens, many fleeing without pets or medications, were evacuated for 18 days as the fires burned. Authorities feared additional explosions that would catapult shrapnel a […]

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SLO region a high-hazard area for oil train derailment

March 8, 2016 | The Tribune | Linda Haas from Tehachapi doesn’t “get it,” lamenting that when the U.S. “tries to be self-sufficient concerning anything we do with oil, there are protests” (“U.S. needs to be its own well-oiled machine,” March 5). According to a 2014 interagency report on oil and rail safety, “In California, […]

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NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

NTSB Report on Lynchburg Crude Oil Disaster

March 2, 2016 | NTSB | The NTSB has issued its findings regarding the Lynchburg crude oil train disaster. [Read the findings here.]

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Vermont Rail pressed for freight depot details

Vermont Rail pressed for freight depot details

March 1, 2016 | Burlington Free Press | SHELBURNE – Concerns regarding a proposed rail-freight depot along the LaPlatte River in Shelburne brought more than 300 people Tuesday night to the Shelburne Community School. A battery of questions about water quality, wildlife, traffic and neighborhood noise animated the crowd for about three hours. [Read the entire article here.] […]

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Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

Defects fixed after oil train cars, tracks inspected

March 1, 2016 | Legislative Gazette | Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced last week that the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration successfully inspected crude oil tank cars and rails that transport oil across the state. Inspection teams examined 215 crude oil tank cars, approximately 190 miles of track and 26 […]

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