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Train Derailment Causes Fiery Destruction In Casselton, ND

Train Derailment Causes Fiery Destruction In Casselton, ND

December 30, 2013 | Huffington Post | CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — Officials say emergency crews are responding to a fiery train derailment near the eastern North Dakota town of Casselton. Cass County Emergency Manager Dave Rogness says the derailment was reported about 2:30 p.m. Monday less than a mile from the city. Rogness says residents […]

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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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New Aerial Video of Alabama Oil Spill Exposes Cleanup Problems

New Aerial Video of Alabama Oil Spill Exposes Cleanup Problems

December 2, 2013 | PublicHerold.org | Ongoing efforts to clean up an Alabama oil spill are under scrutiny after a train carrying 2.7 million gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude oil exploded, spilling into wetlands just outside the town of Aliceville. Photojournalist John Wathen captured video of cleanup efforts one week after the November 7th […]

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Railroad car in Ohio derailment known to be unsafe and prone to rupture

Railroad car in Ohio derailment known to be unsafe and prone to rupture

November 28, 2013 | NBC NEWS |A railroad tank car exposed by NBC News as unsafe and prone to rupture is responsible for the chemical leak that forced hundreds of people from their homes following a train derailment in Ohio. The car involved in derailment was a DOT-111, said Gary Sease, a spokesman for the railroad, […]

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Derailed Cars Burning Near Aliceville

November 8, 2013 | WCBI | ALICEVILLE, Ala. — No injuries have been reported after a Genesee and Wyoming train going from Amory, Miss. to Walnut Hill, Fla. derailed shortly after 12 a.m. this morning near Aliceville, Ala. in Pickens County. It is believed that 11 railcars are burning, and for safety reasons, emergency responders […]

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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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Cars Carrying Oil, Gas Come Off Tracks West Of Edmonton

October 19, 2013 | Canadian Press | GAINFORD, Alta. _ Firefighters battling a major blaze after a CN tanker train derailed west of Edmonton on Saturday decided to withdraw and wait for the flames to burn themselves out. With no further explosions expected from the 13 cars carrying oil and liquefied petroleum gas, that’s the […]

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Oil Trains Rumble Into Philly, Bringing Dakota Crude, Jobs And Safety Concerns

Oil Trains Rumble Into Philly, Bringing Dakota Crude, Jobs And Safety Concerns

September 19, 2013 | StateImpact.npr.org | Robert King remembers the very first time he saw an oil train. “It was April 14, 2013.” King, a 17-year-old Philadelphian, is a “railfan,” the name for members of a worldwide community of passionate, or some might say obsessive, train buffs. On that day, King and railfans from the […]

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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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