Recent Rail Accidents

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. […]

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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 […]

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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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Mosier Fire Chief Calls Shipping Bakken Crude Oil By Rail ‘Insane’

Mosier Fire Chief Calls Shipping Bakken Crude Oil By Rail ‘Insane’

June 6,2016 | OPB |Jim Appleton, the fire chief in Mosier, Ore., said in the past, he’s tried to reassure his town that the Union Pacific Railroad has a great safety record and that rail accidents are rare. He’s changed his mind. After a long night working with hazardous material teams and firefighters from across the Northwest […]

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Oil sheen spotted, 100 residents remain evacuated after Oregon oil train derailment

Oil sheen spotted, 100 residents remain evacuated after Oregon oil train derailment

June 4, 2016 | Oregon Live| About 100 people remained under evacuation from the town of Mosier as of 5 p.m. Saturday, a day after an oil train rumbling past the Columbia River Gorge town jumped its rails and caught fire. Authorities said they had contained a light oil sheen detected in the Columbia River […]

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Fire put out, sheen reported on Columbia River

Fire put out, sheen reported on Columbia River

  June 4, 2016 | KGW | MOSIER, Ore. — Crews overnight extinguished a fire ignited by an oil train derailment that closed a large section of Interstate 84 during the afternoon and into the night. The train was passing through the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier when it derailed Friday afternoon, sparking a fire […]

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