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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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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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