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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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Oil train disaster settlement fund reaches $345 million

June 10, 2015 | Sun Herald| PORTLAND, Maine — The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment. World Fuel Services Corp., which was accused in a lawsuit […]

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BNSF Introduces New Intermodal Service Schedules in Its Northern Region

BNSF Introduces New Intermodal Service Schedules in Its Northern Region

June 10, 2015 |Business Wire| FORT WORTH, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced new service schedules for its domestic intermodal customers to and from Chicago and St. Paul, Minn. to the Pacific Northwest. The new schedules are in direct response to marketplace demand and are a result of BNSF’s record capital investments along its […]

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Oil train, semi collision in St. Paul Park renews talk of rail safety

Oil train, semi collision in St. Paul Park renews talk of rail safety

June 10, 2015 | Grand Forks Herald| T. PAUL PARK, Minn. — Gov. Mark Dayton visited the site of an oil train-truck wreck Tuesday to press his case for more Minnesota rail safety funding. A collision between a BNSF Railway Co. crude oil train and a semi-truck in St. Paul Park Sunday reignited calls for […]

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DOT-117 defined

DOT-117 defined

June 8, 2015 | Railway Age| The wait for a new tank car specification is over. Now comes the “fun” part: Retrofits to older cars, and potentially onerous operating rules. The final spec for the now-official DOT-117 (TC-117 in Canada) non-pressurized tank car adopts the most demanding of the technical requirements first offered for comment […]

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Our view: Push for stronger oil train standards

Our view: Push for stronger oil train standards

June 4, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune| U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., came to La Crosse last week with some common-sense suggestions for improving the safety of oil shipments by rail. Given the stakes, her bill to strengthen safety regulations for oil shipments deserves approval. The senator mentioned the 4,000 percent increase in oil-by-rail shipments […]

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