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Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

Feds: Operator error caused 2015 BNSF derailment at Alma

December 28, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune| Federal authorities say crew fatigue may have contributed to the derailment of a BNSF freight train that spilled more than 20,000 gallons of ethanol after leaving the tracks last year near Alma, Wis. The engineer applied the brakes too suddenly, in violation of railroad guidelines, causing 25 cars […]

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Union Pacific in fiery Mosier derailment agrees to changes

Union Pacific in fiery Mosier derailment agrees to changes

December 24, 2016| Oregon Live | he nation’s largest freight railroad has agreed to more thorough inspections and maintenance improvements after a fiery oil train derailment in Oregon and the discovery of more than 800 potential safety violations across its sprawling network. [Read the entire article here.]   Save

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97 BMWs damaged in South Carolina train derailment

97 BMWs damaged in South Carolina train derailment

December 6,, 2016 | CBS/AP| JENKINSVILLE, S.C. — A train carrying BMWs from an automaking plant in South Carolina derailed, damaging 97 of the vehicles, authorities said. The train was heading from a BMW plant in Greer to Charleston when it derailed shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, officials said, CBS Charleston affiliate WCSC reported. It […]

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Costs of oil train derailment along Columbia River adding up

December 3, 2016 | The Register-Guard | VANCOUVER, Wash. — Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad. Union Pacific said in a statement that it is committed to absorbing all the […]

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More Bakken Crude Will Move By Rail With DAPL In Limbo

December 6, 2016 | Oil and Gas Investor | As oil prices recover and U.S. shale production picks up, energy companies that had planned to ship crude on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) will turn to rail, a transport method that poses its own risks to the environment and local communities. The Dec. 4 decision […]

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Oil-By-Rail Regulators Consider Crude Oil Volatility Limits That Would Require Oil Stabilization

Oil-By-Rail Regulators Consider Crude Oil Volatility Limits That Would Require Oil Stabilization

November 29, 2016 | Desmog Blog | In July 2015, a train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in Culbertson, Montana resulting in an oil spill of 35,000 gallons — more than the contents of a full rail tank car. But unlike all of the other Bakken train accidents where large amounts of oil were spilled something odd […]

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Three years after Casselton explosion, are crude oil trains safer?

Three years after Casselton explosion, are crude oil trains safer?

November 29, 2016 | Valley News Live | GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Valley News Live) It will be 3 years ago next month, that a crude oil train accident and explosion rocked and shocked residents of Casselton, North Dakota. Now, a UND engineering professor has been consulting Congress about the safety of crude oil trains. When […]

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Kind asks BNSF to outline weather safety plans in wake of Ferryville derailment

Kind asks BNSF to outline weather safety plans in wake of Ferryville derailment

November 16, 2017 | La Crosse Tribune | In the wake of the most recent train derailment on the Mississippi River, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind is asking BNSF Railway what steps it has taken to prevent future mishaps during severe weather. In a letter sent Wednesday, Kind cited the derailment of a BNSF train near […]

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LNG-By-Rail Hits Tracks in Alaska: What Are the Risks and Why the Secrecy?

LNG-By-Rail Hits Tracks in Alaska: What Are the Risks and Why the Secrecy?

November 15, 2016 | Desmog Blog | For the first time ever, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been shipped by railroad in the U.S., prompting concerns about risks of accidents and a lack of state or federal regulation for the new and hazardous cargo. The 40-foot long cryogenic tanks owned by the Japanese company Hitachi, built to […]

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Transport Minister delivers on promise to accelerate removal of legacy DOT-111 tank cars from crude oil transport

November 1, 2016 | Government of Canada | The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of protecting Canadians and those who live along our rail corridors. That’s why we took concrete steps to make the shipment of dangerous goods safer. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today highlighted that legacy DOT-111 tank cars will […]

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