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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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Walz Calls for Hearing on Rail Safety

Walz Calls for Hearing on Rail Safety

Washington, DC [1/15/14] – Today, Representative Tim Walz (D-MN), a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials, joined his colleagues in sending a letter to Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) requesting a hearing be held to examine rail safety. Representative Walz’s staff met with concerned citizens in La Crescent […]

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DOT-111 Safety Major Issue in Crude-By-Rail Debate

DOT-111 Safety Major Issue in Crude-By-Rail Debate

January 14, 2014 | Rory Johnston | Oilprice.com | Experts from the Canadian rail industry, regulators, and representatives from all levels of government met in Ottawa on Monday to discuss the increasing number of tank car derailments and subsequent explosions that now seem to be almost a regular occurrence. At the top of the agenda […]

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Activists Protest Massive Expansion of Crude Oil Terminal in East Bay

Activists Protest Massive Expansion of Crude Oil Terminal in East Bay

January 13, 2014 | On a neighborhood ball field just a block from several huge, unused fuel tanks, about three hundred residents of the East Bay city of Pittsburg and neighboring communities, joined by environmentalists from around the Bay Area, gathered Saturday to protest the plan to develop a massive crude oil transportation terminal there. […]

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Some Rail Cars In New Brunswick Oil Train Derailment Were DOT-111s, Investigator Says

Some Rail Cars In New Brunswick Oil Train Derailment Were DOT-111s, Investigator Says

January 9, 2014 | Huffington Post | TORONTO/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Political pressure to quickly improve the safety of crude oil rail shipments intensified in Washington on Thursday, while Canadian officials said two of the cars involved in the latest fiery derailment were of an older variety long faulted by regulators. After two more dramatic oil-train […]

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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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CN train carrying crude oil derailed, on fire near Plaster Rock

CN train carrying crude oil derailed, on fire near Plaster Rock

January 7, 2014 |CBC News |A CN freight train carrying dangerous goods has derailed and caught fire in northwest New Brunswick, not far from the U.S. border. Jim Feeny, director of public and government affairs for CN Rail, said 16 cars are believed to have derailed, including four carrying propane and four carrying crude oil. [Read the entire article here.]

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Wyoming could see more crude-by-rail shipments in the future

Wyoming could see more crude-by-rail shipments in the future

January 6, 2014 | Wyoming Public Media | Despite recent accidents with shipment of crude oil by rail, including a derailment and explosion in North Dakota on Monday, industry analysts say it will continue to be a popular mode of moving oil out of the Bakken. [Read the complete article here.]

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