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Judge delays decision on halting BNSF construction

Judge delays decision on halting BNSF construction

June 23, 2015 | WXOW| La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Scott Horne will have another month to decide whether to issue an injunction on the behalf of a local citizens advocacy group, which would temporarily halt construction on the second BNSF rail line through the marsh. C.A.R.S, or Citizens Acting for Rail Safety filed […]

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Marsh rail more than half complete; attempt to halt work to take another month

Marsh rail more than half complete; attempt to halt work to take another month

June 23, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | The wheels of justice are no match for a modern railroad. As legal efforts to stop work a second BNSF Railway track in the La Crosse River marsh wind their way through the courts, BNSF says the project is more than halfway done. A group of rail […]

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Forums will focus on upcoming decisions affecting oil train traffic

June 22, 2015 | The Spokesman Review| Laura Ackerman works at the Saranac Building in Spokane, a short walk from BNSF Railway’s train tracks. Oil trains pass her office on a daily basis, and more will roll through downtown if a new crude oil terminal is built 350 miles away in Vancouver, Washington. Upcoming decisions on Western […]

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Surge in rail traffic derails daily life in Ranier, Minn.

Surge in rail traffic derails daily life in Ranier, Minn.

June 21, 2015 | Star Tribune | RANIER, Minn. ­– The whistle from across the border gave warning, as it does 22 times a day, that anyone with places to go or people to meet would have to wait. Thundering slowly across the bridge from Fort Frances, Ontario, a trio of red train engines pulled […]

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Legal Challenge Brought Over Oil Train Safety Rules

Legal Challenge Brought Over Oil Train Safety Rules

June 21, 2015 | KMA Land| (KMAland) — A legal challenge has been mounted against the U.S. Department of Transportation, claiming proposed new agency rules don’t do enough to protect Iowans and others across the country who live along oil train routes. The environmental lawfirm Earthjustice is representing the groups that filed the administrative appeal. […]

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Tank car upgrades cut risk of rail spills, fires, Canadian report shows

Tank car upgrades cut risk of rail spills, fires, Canadian report shows

June 20, 2015 | McClatchy DC|Tank car improvements required by the U.S. and Canadian governments last month should cut the risk of spills and fires in oil train accidents, Canadian investigators have concluded. The finding came from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s investigation of on a derailment in January 2014 in Plaster Rock, New […]

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Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

June 19, 2015 | NPR | The federal government’s new rules aimed at preventing explosive oil train derailments are sparking a backlash from all sides. The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety requirements are unproven and too costly, yet some safety advocates and environmental groups say the regulations aren’t strict […]

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Public safety, convenience top concerns as RR looks to add track

Public safety, convenience top concerns as RR looks to add track

June 18, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | Canadian Pacific Railroad is requesting permission from the Wisconsin commissioner of railroads to modify two North Side crossings by adding almost a mile of additional track, which the railroad says would allow trains to pass more freely on its Chicago-Twin Cities corridor. About 90 trains cross the […]

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Residents argue against proposed rail line, second in one year

Residents argue against proposed rail line, second in one year

June 18, 2015 | News 8000|LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Safety for those crossing the tracks — that’s the biggest concern for many opponents of a new rail line. Canadian Pacific Railway is proposing the additional track through the north side of La Crosse into the rail yard. Thursday the public had the chance to […]

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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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