Recent Rail Accidents

Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

Mosier Groundwater Contaminated After Oil Train Derailment

July 22, 2015 | OPB.org | When a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into fire in Mosier, Oregon, in June, the initial damage was in plain view, as dark smoke billowed into the sky. Now OPB has learned about invisible damage: elevated concentrations of benzene and other volatile organic compounds in groundwater near the […]

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Crude oil and ethanol should not be shipped by rail

July 6, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | Today marks the third anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster in Canada, which killed 47 people in a fiery explosion. This train passed through La Crosse days before the accident. Since this disaster, there have been additional oil and ethanol derailments that have resulted in spills […]

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NTSB takes over BNSF Texas derailment investigation

NTSB takes over BNSF Texas derailment investigation

July 8, 2016 | RT&S | The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has taken control of the investigation into the June 28, 2016 accident between two BNSF intermodal trains near Panhandle, Texas. The head-on collision sparked a fire and left one crew member injured, two dead and one remains missing. In a statement, BNSF said […]

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Washington governor calls for oil train moratorium on Union Pacific

Washington governor calls for oil train moratorium on Union Pacific

June 25, 2016 | The Columbian |Gov. Jay Inslee called for a halt on Union Pacific Railroad oil trains traveling through Washington on Friday until stricter safety standards are enacted. Inslee’s call comes after an oil train headed to Tacoma derailed in the Columbia River Gorge, in the town of Mosier, Ore., earlier this month. […]

By June 25, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

June 24, 2016 | Q13 Fox | SEATTLE (AP) —Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser Friday evening for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the oil trains. […]

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Railroad blamed for fiery oil train derailment along Columbia River Gorge

Railroad blamed for fiery oil train derailment along Columbia River Gorge

June 23, 2016 | KOMO News | PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Union Pacific Railroad said it will replace a type of bolt on its track that led to a fiery oil train derailment on the Oregon-Washington border, but the pledge failed to ease concerns in the tiny town where the wreck sparked a massive fire […]

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Democrats Mount New Crude Train Safety Push After Derailment

June 15, 2016 | Bloomberg News | Senate Democrats are renewing a push for oil train safety legislation after a fiery crude-by-rail derailment resulting in a spill in Oregon’s pristine Columbia River Gorge, but analysts say the incident isn’t likely to be enough to spur congressional action anytime soon. The accident in Mosier, Ore., which […]

By June 16, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Oil Train Tank Cars Are Getting Safer But What About The Tracks?

Oil Train Tank Cars Are Getting Safer But What About The Tracks?

June 15, 2016 | OPB.org | Just after noon on June 3, the two-man Union Pacific crew hauling 96 cars of Tacoma-bound crude oil felt a tug on the train as they passed through the Columbia River Gorge. The train’s emergency brakes triggered unexpectedly, according to railroad union leaders, indicating bad track or equipment failure could be to […]

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Former NTSB Chairman: Phase out rail shipments of crude oil

Former NTSB Chairman: Phase out rail shipments of crude oil

June 10, 2016 | Oregon Live | We knew this would happen — and it did. It was only a matter of time before a train loaded with thousands of barrels of crude oil would derail and endanger one of our nation’s natural wonders, the Columbia River Gorge. In my seven years as chairman of […]

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Anger as trains resume after Oregon derailment, fire

Anger as trains resume after Oregon derailment, fire

June 6, 2017 | U.S. News|MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Local politicians and residents reacted with shock and anger Monday as Union Pacific began running trains through this tiny Columbia River Gorge town just three days after a fiery derailment forced residents to evacuate and water and sewage systems to shut down. Residents shot video from […]

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