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A risky proposition: The ‘regulatory hole you could drive a train through’

A risky proposition: The ‘regulatory hole you could drive a train through’

October 2, 2015 | Aljazeera.com| This article was produced in collaboration with the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news outlet in Boston that holds the powerful accountable and trains a new generation of investigative reporters.  GRAFTON, Mass. — In early 2012, residents of this sleepy town began to notice an unusual amount […]

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For Minnesota hazmat inspector, many railcars and not enough time

For Minnesota hazmat inspector, many railcars and not enough time

October 1, 2015 | MPR News| Trains roll in and out of the Pig’s Eye railyard south of downtown St. Paul, and trucks rumble by as hazmat inspector Kevin Kampa points to an oil train parked just beyond a concrete wall. “This train could be anywhere from 90 to 110 cars,” he said. “It’s all […]

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Rail service shutdown could cost economy $30 billion, group says

Rail service shutdown could cost economy $30 billion, group says

October 1, 2015 | McClatchy DC|WASHINGTON–A looming shutdown of the nation’s rail system could have a bigger economic impact than the 2013 government shutdown and could even trigger a recession, according to a new report. Railroads have warned that they will suspend freight and passenger operations on Jan. 1 if Congress does not extend a […]

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DeSmogCast – The Science of Bomb Trains

September 26, 2015 | DeSmogCast | This video reviews the science behind the Bakken bomb train phenomena and details the oil industry’s successful efforts to delay any regulations that could resolve the issue. Bakken oil contains natural gas liquids like butane that make the oil extremely volatile and flammable. This reality has been demonstrated by […]

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Lawsuit Launched Over Feds’ Failure to Examine Yorktown Oil Train Terminal’s Threat to Rare Sturgeon, Sea Turtles

Lawsuit Launched Over Feds’ Failure to Examine Yorktown Oil Train Terminal’s Threat to Rare Sturgeon, Sea Turtles

September 24, 2015 | Center for Biological Diversity | YORKTOWN, Va.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today for failing to assess impacts to endangered species before issuing a permit for an oil train terminal at the mouth of the York River. The 2013 permit […]

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Notice given of planned lawsuit over Va. oil train terminal

Notice given of planned lawsuit over Va. oil train terminal

September 26, 2015 | 13 News | RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Two environmental groups say they plan to sue over a Yorktown terminal that accepts trains carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale region. Media outlets report that the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club’s Virginia chapter said Thursday they have […]

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Two men charged in Canada train terror get life in prison

Two men charged in Canada train terror get life in prison

September 23, 2015 | The Christian Science Monitor | TORONTO — Two men found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada with support from al-Qaida were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser must serve a minimum of 10 years before becoming eligible for parole on their life […]

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CARS Group says lawsuit is about principle

CARS Group says lawsuit is about principle

September 14, 2015 | WXOW | Citizens Acting for Rail Safety, or CARSbelieves its pending lawsuit against the DNR is about principle, not necessarily halting construction of a second rail line through the marsh. “Throughout the entire process, we’ve been concerned that corners have been cut in looking at the environmental impacts of the expansion […]

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Activists Call Attention To Oil Train Routes Near Water

Activists Call Attention To Oil Train Routes Near Water

September 14, 2015 | WPR | Wisconsin environmental groups want to know more about the rail industry’s clean-up plans, in case of an oil train accident near water. A coalition of groups held a protest Sunday near a rail bridge that passes over the confluence of Milwaukee and Menominee rivers. Cheryl Nenn of the advocacy […]

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Judge lifts ban, allows BNSF use of new marsh track

Judge lifts ban, allows BNSF use of new marsh track

September 14, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| BNSF trains can begin rolling on a controversial new track through the La Crosse River marsh after a judge lifted a temporary ban Monday. Judge Scott Horne reversed his previous order that had prevented the railroad from using the new track until a legal challenge to the permitting […]

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