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Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

September 30, 2016 | tdn.com | In the wake of the oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge,  Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is pressing the U.S. Department of Transportation study ways to reduce fire and explosion risks during oil train derailments. Herrera Beutler sent a letter to the U.S. Department Transportation this month encouraging […]

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Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

September 30, 2017 | ABC News | The train crash in New Jersey that left one woman dead and 114 others injured has re-ignited the debate over positive train control, an automatic breaking system that deploys when trains run above the speed limit among other scenarios. [Read the entire article here.]  

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County Panel Approves Rail Expansion In Columbia Gorge Despite Oil-Train Controversy

September 27, 2016 | OPB.org | A county planning commission has given its approval to a rail expansion in the same stretch of the Columbia River Gorge where a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into flames. The derailment in June resulted in an oil spill that contaminated groundwater. It also galvanized opposition to […]

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BNSF and Werner look to expand, their construction plans increasingly face opposition

September 27, 2016 | Omaha World Herald | For the country’s railroads and trucking firms, it is a tough sell getting anything built these days. The nation’s transportation companies — many of the country’s largest are headquartered or owned out of Omaha — are facing heightened levels of opposition to new construction projects, many of […]

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1,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spilled in Derailment

1,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spilled in Derailment

September 23, 3016 | KWWL | At about 5:40 a.m. on Thursday, a train derailed from an apparent track washout near Ferryville, WI, about 25 miles north of Prairie du Chien. The crew was not injured in the incident, but have been transported to a local hospital as a precaution. News clip from KWWL. [Watch […]

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DOT-111 Exclusive: Video Footage of BNSF Derailment – Rush Creek

DOT-111 Exclusive: Video Footage of BNSF Derailment – Rush Creek

September 22, 2016 | DOT-111.info | Ferryville, WI — [Editorial]  Two days of flooding rain caused numerous mudslides and flash floods along the Upper Mississippi River Basin. First responders, emergency management and the WI DOT were on the lookout for problems along Wisconsin’s roads but one must wonder why BNSF allowed trains to travel through […]

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Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

September 14, 2016 | DESMOG | According to information provided to DeSmog by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), from 2010 to 2015 there were seven accidents involving ethanol train derailments; half as many as the 14 accidents with oil trains. This lower number of accidents for ethanol trains is despite the fact that more ethanol was […]

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BNSF donates tank car to La Crosse Fire Department

August 14, 2016 | La Crossse Tribune |The La Crosse Fire Department will be able to take its preparedness for a rail emergency to a new level after BNSF donated what it calls a general service legacy tank car to the city. The Common Council on Thursday approved a donation agreement taking possession of the […]

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Can oil trains ever be made safe enough?

Can oil trains ever be made safe enough?

August 2, 2016 | The Bellingham Herald | MOSIER, Ore. The Chinook salmon that Randy Settler and other Yakama tribal fishermen are pulling from the Columbia River are large and plentiful this summer, part of one of the biggest spawning runs since the 1960s. It is a sign, they say, of the river’s revitalization, through […]

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Crude-oil train movements down 45% this year

August 3, 2016 | The Inquirer | The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday confirmed what many trainspotters have observed: Movements of crude oil by rail within the United States for the first five months this year are down 45 percent from last year. An average of 443,000 barrels of crude moved by rail during the […]

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