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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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Railroads Call for Additional Safety Improvements, Aggressive Phase out of Older Cars

Railroads Call for Additional Safety Improvements, Aggressive Phase out of Older Cars

The Association of American Railroads is calling for safety improvements to oil tank cars. Here is what they propose: •Increase federal tank car design standards for new cars, or retrofit existing cars to include: an outer steel jacket around the tank car and thermal protection, full-height head shields, and high-flow capacity pressure relief valves; •Require […]

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Danger on the Tracks

September 5, 2013 | NBC News | The number of freight trains carrying oil across America has soared in the past five years, but federal officials warn that the massive steel tank cars that carry most of that oil through towns and past schools – the same cars that exploded in Quebec this summer, killing […]

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Rail safety advocate calls DOT-111 the ‘Ford Pinto’ of rail cars

Rail safety advocate calls DOT-111 the ‘Ford Pinto’ of rail cars

August 28, 2013 | Bloomber News – Bangor Daily News | WASHINGTON — The head of a rail safety group Wednesday compared a widely used train tank car to the recalled Ford Pinto in urging U.S. regulators to require upgrades that would prevent accidents like a Quebec derailment that killed 47 people. Karen Darch, co-chairman […]

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Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

Common type of rail car has dangerous design flaw

September 12, 2012 | The Big Story | CHICAGO (AP) — For two decades, one of the most commonly used types of rail tanker has been allowed to haul hazardous liquids from coast to coast even though transportation officials were aware of a dangerous design flaw that almost guarantees the car will tear open in […]

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NTSB releases final report on Cherry Valley train derailment

NTSB releases final report on Cherry Valley train derailment

May 23, 2012 | WREX | CHERRY VALLEY (WREX) – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the 2009 trail derailment that killed one woman in Cherry Valley. A Canadian National Railway Company freight train derailed just after 8:30 p.m. on June 19, 2009 after hitting a section of track near […]

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