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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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Rail safety advocate calls DOT-111 the ‘Ford Pinto’ of rail cars

Rail safety advocate calls DOT-111 the ‘Ford Pinto’ of rail cars

August 28, 2013 | Bloomber News – Bangor Daily News | WASHINGTON — The head of a rail safety group Wednesday compared a widely used train tank car to the recalled Ford Pinto in urging U.S. regulators to require upgrades that would prevent accidents like a Quebec derailment that killed 47 people. Karen Darch, co-chairman […]

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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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