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Explosive Oil Trains

Explosive Oil Trains

January 24, 2014 | NPR – Living On Earth | In the past year a number of explosive oil train derailments, including the deadly accident in Lac-Megantic in Quebec that killed 47 people, have raised important questions about how we transport oil in North America. Canadian journalist Jacquie McNish has written extensively about oil trains, […]

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Crude oil shipments by rail on the rise in B.C. despite Lac-Megantic disaster

Crude oil shipments by rail on the rise in B.C. despite Lac-Megantic disaster

January 24, 2014 | Quebec Gazette | OTTAWA — Shipments of crude oil by rail are steaming forward in B.C. even as investigators said Thursday the federal government has failed to eliminate “critical weaknesses” in the rail system in the six months since the deadly Lac-Megantic train disaster. Officials from the Transportation Safety Board delivered […]

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Barrington village president continues fight against DOT-111 tank cars

Barrington village president continues fight against DOT-111 tank cars

January 22, 2014 | Barrington Courier Review | Despite a nearly two-year opposition led by leaders of small municipalities, including Barrington Village President Karen Darch, federal regulators struck a deal last week to reroute crude oil tankers away from major cities and through small communities like Barrington. The Jan. 16 federal agreement related to DOT-111 […]

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Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

Operation Safe Delivery: Enhancing the Safe Transport of Flammable Liquids

January 21, 2014 | PHMSA |In response to recent accidents involving crude oil shipments by rail in the U.S. and Canada, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has issued a “Call to Action,” calling on rail company executives, associations, shippers, and others to discuss how stakeholders can prevent or mitigate the consequences of rail accidents that involve […]

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More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

More oil spilled from trains in 2013 than in previous 4 decades

January 19, 2014 | MSN.com |WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows. Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons […]

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Beach airs issues with new oil transload

Beach airs issues with new oil transload

January 21, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | BEACH — Beach residents were up bright and early Tuesday to hear a development company’s plans for an oil loading railport just west of town. The plan is to start with an inbound-outbound freight facility and expand to an oil loadout for 110-car unit trains within three to […]

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Derailment Probability Analyses and Modeling of Mainline Freight Trains

Written by ROBERT T. ANDERSON CHRISTOPHER P.L. BARKAN Railroad Engineering Program Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The probability of derailment for a single train is largely a function of track class, distance traveled, and train length. While a shorter train will have a lower probability of derailment, shipments of […]

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N.D. political leaders question BNSF on rail safety

January 18, 2014 | Bismarck Tribune | FARGO — North Dakota’s two senators took turns peppering two BNSF executives Saturday on the railroad company’s plans to prevent another train derailment like last month’s crash and fire near Casselton. The Dec. 30, 2013, collision that happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed and caused a train […]

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Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

Eight Steps for Safer Oil Trains Eyed by U.S. Officials

January 17, 2014 | National Geographic | U.S. officials are weighing a wide range of actions to address what they view as the increasing public risk due to oil trains. Thanks to the booming oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, and the ramp-up of ethanol production throughout the Midwest, U.S. railways now are carrying […]

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Bakken’s Boom is Minnesota’s Peril

Bakken’s Boom is Minnesota’s Peril

January 16, 2014 | MN2020| Hundreds of tons of crude oil that exploded and burned, causing the small town of Casselton, North Dakota’s evacuation on Dec. 30, was 25 miles from crossing the Minnesota border when a train derailment touched off the massive blast and fire. And the tanker train disaster that killed 47 in a […]

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