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Firefighters describe ‘colossal task’ of battling ‘unprecedented’ fire that engulfed downtown Lac-Megantic

Firefighters describe ‘colossal task’ of battling ‘unprecedented’ fire that engulfed downtown Lac-Megantic

In his many years as a firefighter, the largest blaze Lt. Tim Harvey had ever faced consisted of three simultaneously burning buildings. But that experience hardly compared to what the 16-year American firefighting veteran witnessed last weekend as he rushed across the border to help colleagues in Quebec. [Read the entire article here.]

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Lac-Megantic derailment: Faces of the disaster

Lac-Megantic derailment: Faces of the disaster

July 10, 2013 | The Star | The carnage was indiscriminate: young and old, white and black, men and women, early birds and night owls. Some died in their beds, others in the Musi-Café. The Star has compiled a gallery of portraits and biographical sketches spanning this array of victims in the Lac-Mégantic disaster. The […]

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6 arrested after blocking Fairfield train tracks during protest of fracked oil

6 arrested after blocking Fairfield train tracks during protest of fracked oil

June 27, 2013 | Bangor Daily News | FAIRFIELD, Maine — Six people protesting the transportation of crude oil passing through the state were arrested late Thursday night. Members of 350 Maine — a statewide group whose stated goal is addressing the climate crisis — erected a large wooden frame to hold a sign that […]

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Minnesota Oil Spill: Canadian Train Derails, Spilling 30,000 Gallons Of Crude In U.S.

Minnesota Oil Spill: Canadian Train Derails, Spilling 30,000 Gallons Of Crude In U.S.

March 27, 2013 | David Sheppard and Jeffrey Jones | Huffington Post | A train hauling oil from Canada derailed and leaked 30,000 gallons of crude in western Minnesota on Wednesday, marking the first major spill of the modern North American crude-by-rail transit boom. [Read the complete article here.]

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Wayzata firm to expand N.D. rail terminal for Bakken crude oil

Wayzata firm to expand N.D. rail terminal for Bakken crude oil

March 15, 2013 | Star Tribune |To keep up with booming shipments of crude oil by railroad, Wayzata-based Dakota Plains Holdings Inc. said Friday it has begun a $50 million expansion of its crude oil loading facility in New Town, N.D., to rapidly load trains of up to 120 tank cars. The project, undertaken with […]

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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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$36M settlements reached in 2009 derailment that killed woman

$36M settlements reached in 2009 derailment that killed woman

October 18, 2011 | Chicago Tribune | The husband of a woman who died in a Rockford train derailment in 2009 was awarded $22.5 million to settle a lawsuit against three railroad companies, officials announced today. Jose Tellez, 40, was with his wife Zoila and their daughter on June 19, 2009 when a Canadian National […]

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EPA update: Rockford freight train derailment and Rock River fish kill

EPA update: Rockford freight train derailment and Rock River fish kill

June 26, 2009 | EPA | (Chicago, Ill. – June 26, 2009) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 said today that cleanup at the site of a Canadian National (CN) freight train derailment in Rockford, Ill., is well under way. The incident occurred on June 19, when 14 tanker cars containing a 95 percent ethanol/5 […]

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Rockford woman killed in train derailment

Rockford woman killed in train derailment

June 21, 2009 | Chicago Tribune | Several cars from a Canadian National Railway Co. train smoldered Saturday near Rockford as federal investigators continued to probe whether standing water from heavy rains was a factor in a Friday night derailment that left a 41-year-old woman dead and three others injured. Zoila Tellez of Rockford died […]

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