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Albany County wins grant to prepare for oil-train derailment

Albany County wins grant to prepare for oil-train derailment

October 12, 2015 | Times Union| The Capital Region’s hazardous materials squad has won a state grant to prepare for a potentially disastrous oil train derailment. But while much of debate about oil train safety locally has focused on the Port of Albany, which has swiftly grown to one of the nation’s busiest rail-oil hubs, […]

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Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

Tests showed rail defect 2 months before W.Va. oil train derailed

October 9, 2015 | McClatchy DC| WASHINGTON Two separate tests in the two months prior to a fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia earlier this year showed the presence of a rail defect, according to a report on the incident. But neither the railroad nor the contractor who did the tests followed up on […]

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Federal regulators push for improved oil train safety measures

Federal regulators push for improved oil train safety measures

October 9, 2015 | LA Times| Facing a surge of oil train crashes caused by track defects over the last three years, the Federal Railroad Administration said Friday it was taking steps to improve the condition of the rails across the nation. Agency chief Sarah Feinberg says she wants the railroad industry to conduct more intensive […]

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BNSF lays 2nd LA-Chicago line

BNSF lays 2nd LA-Chicago line

October 8, 2015 | Arkansas Online| A noisy yellow machine laying down railroad track near Alva, Okla. — as much as a mile a day of concrete and steel — is Warren Buffett’s solution to the industry’s dwindling coal traffic. After this year, BNSF Railway will be more than 99 percent finished with a second, […]

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$338M Fund in Deadly Oil Train Derailment Close to Approval

October 9, 2015 | ABC News| A Canadian railroad’s withdrawal of opposition to a $338 million fund for victims of an oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Quebec has set the stage for final approval and compensation for victims. A U.S. bankruptcy trustee and Canadian Pacific agreed to modify the settlement fund to […]

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Oil train storage plan in Adirondacks sparks trespassing claims

Oil train storage plan in Adirondacks sparks trespassing claims

October 2, 2015 | NCPR | A company that operates one of the tourism railroads in the Adirondack Park has threatened legal action against a local environmental group for allegedly trespassing. Iowa Pacific, which operates a tourism excursion line in North Creek, sent the warning to Protect the Adirondacks and the State Police. [Read the […]

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Videos show disputed oil trains rolling by stadiums during games

  October 2, 2015 | KOMO News|SEATTLE — There were nearly 70,000 fans at CenturyLink Field for the Seahawks game last Sunday, and they will be there again on Monday night. That makes some people anxious. It’s not about what’s happening inside the stadium, but just outside. Several times each day, mile-long oil trains full […]

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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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