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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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The tank car that’s stirring up rail safety debate

The tank car that’s stirring up rail safety debate

January 16, 2014 | CNBC |DOT-111 tank cars are non-pressurized, cylindrical railcars designed to transport a variety of liquids. They represent 80 percent of the Canadian fleet and 69 percent of the U.S. fleet. Of a total 320,000 total tank cars operating in 2013, 265,000 of them were classified as DOT-111. The bulk of the […]

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Finger-Pointing at Closed-Door Meeting

Finger-Pointing at Closed-Door Meeting

January 16, 2014 | AP – Matthew Brown | Oil and railroad executives met in Washington, D.C. last week with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Although the meeting was closed-door, this article mentions finger-pointing going on between railroad and oil executives. Oil executives blame the railroads for rail line deficiencies while the railroads blame the oil […]

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Train shipments of crude oil projected to double in 2014

Train shipments of crude oil projected to double in 2014

January 8, 2014 | Bloomberg News | “Train shipments of crude pumped in Western Canada and the U.S. Midwest are projected to double to 2 million barrels a day in the next year, up from 1 million a day in the first nine months of 2013. U.S. government data show that as oil output has […]

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Moving Crude Oil-by-Rail: Impacts to Spokane and Beyond

Moving Crude Oil-by-Rail: Impacts to Spokane and Beyond

December 10, 2013 | Huffington Post | It’s amazing to think of the railroad legacy of Spokane, Washington and to see it all come to this; a means to a very dirty, costly, dangerous, unhealthy and climate-cooking end. On December 11th, for the third time in barely over a year, Spokane will host a forum […]

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Concerns grow about safety of oil tank cars

Concerns grow about safety of oil tank cars

December 8, 2013 | Chicago Tribune | CHICAGO — As the current oil boom in North Dakota, Montana and Canada continues, long freight trains hauling dozens of black tank cars are rolling across the country and through the Chicago area with increasing regularity. With tank cars brimming with tens of thousands of gallons of crude […]

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