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Public Speaks Out Against CP Rail Expansion

Public Speaks Out Against CP Rail Expansion

June 18, 2015 | WXOW| The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad is already building an additional track in La Crosse and now the Canadian Pacific Railroad is planning an expansion of its own. While the BNSF project will increase shipments of crude oil through the city, CP said adding nearly a mile of track through […]

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Court delays ruling on 2013 Quebec oil train crash settlement

June 18, 2015 | Reuters |  A Quebec judge reserved his decision on Wednesday on whether to grant a motion that would clear the way for a settlement between victims of the 2013 Lac-Megantic oil train disaster and dozens of companies and individuals linked to the crash that killed 47 people. Patrice Benoit, the lawyer […]

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La Crosse could get another rail line in 2015

La Crosse could get another rail line in 2015

June 17, 2015 | News 8000|LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) –La Crosse could see its second rail-line expansion in a year. Canadian Pacific Railway may follow in Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s footsteps by building an additional track through La Crosse’s north side. “There is a shift that’s happening with how railways are being used,” said Ralph […]

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BNSF Charging Lower Rates for Most-Modern Crude-by-Rail Cars

June 17, 2015 | Bloomberg News|If you want to carry crude oil in an older railroad car, it’s going to cost you. Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC, the largest U.S. crude-by-rail carrier, is offering lower rates to lug oil in cars that meet the latest federal specifications issued in May. That means the vast majority […]

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BNSF Expects Crude-by-Rail Volumes to Grow After Price Rebound

June 16, 2015|Bloomberg News| A 37 percent rebound in oil prices will boost crude-by-rail shipments as drillers complete more wells and extract more crude that U.S. pipelines don’t have the capacity to handle, Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC executive chairman Matthew K. Rose said Monday. BNSF is preparing for a recovery after shipments of crude […]

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New Jersey Senate panel advances measures to improve oil train safety

New Jersey Senate panel advances measures to improve oil train safety

June 15, 2015 | North Jersey.com| A package of bills designed to improve the safe operation of freight trains that transport millions of gallons of volatile crude oil through North Jersey every week passed a state Senate committee Monday and now moves to the full Senate for a vote. One of the bills would require […]

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Transparency Sought in Train Derailment Settlement

June 13, 2015 | WSJ | Some of the world’s biggest oil companies are chipping in to repay victims of a deadly train derailment, but unless a bankruptcy judge says otherwise, the amounts they’re paying will remain secret. [Read the entire article here.]

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Oil Train Secrets: Fighting For Information In The Northwest

Oil Train Secrets: Fighting For Information In The Northwest

J une 13, 2015 | KUOW| EVERETT, Wash. – Dean Smith, 72, sits in his car by the tracks north of Seattle. It’s a dark, rainy Tuesday night, and Smith waits for an oil train to come through town. These trains are distinctive: A mile long, they haul 100 or so black, pill-shaped cars that […]

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Mock derailment tests emergency response

Mock derailment tests emergency response

June 11, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | On a balmy September afternoon, a freight train hauling 2.7 million gallons of crude oil derails as it crosses Pammel Creek on the South Side of La Crosse, spilling about 100,000 gallons of the volatile cargo. Traffic comes to a halt as motorists stop to gawk at […]

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Oil Trains Don’t Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn

Oil Trains Don’t Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn

June 11, 2015 | thuth-out.org| In May, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health-care professionals from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) called on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to take a stronger position against proposed oil-by-rail shipping terminals in their respective states, in order to insure the health and physical security of […]

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