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Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense

Historic Trial Lets Activists Who Blocked Oil Train Cite Climate Change Threat in Their Defense

January 13, 2016 | Alternet | Five climate justice activists went on trial in Washington state Monday for tying themselves to a 25-foot tripod structure to block a mile-long oil train. The protesters, members of the activist group Rising Tide Seattle, demanded a halt of shipments of fossil fuels through the Northwest following a string […]

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Oil trains sidelined by deepening slump in US shale

Oil trains sidelined by deepening slump in US shale

January 11, 2015 | Financial Times |High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/ff7d4f20-b64d-11e5-8358-9a82b43f6b2f.html#ixzz3xAIU5tjz The amount of oil hauled on US railways has declined […]

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Members of oil train blockade to appear in Lynnwood court Monday

Members of oil train blockade to appear in Lynnwood court Monday

January 10, 2015 | My Edmonds News| They are Mike LaPointe, Patrick Mazza, Jackie Minchew, Liz Spoerri and Abby Brockway, and they call themselves the “Delta 5.” They will appear before Judge Anthony Howard in Lynnwood’s Snohomish County South District Court at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 11. The five face charges of trespass and blocking […]

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Harvard law clinic joins Albany County in oil train challenge

January 10, 2015 | Times Union|Lawyers and students from Harvard Law School will help Albany County make its case in a lawsuit that claims a new federal rules on oil train safety are not strict enough, County Executive Daniel McCoy said Thursday. The school’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic will help the county draft […]

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N.D. oil trains shift route back to northeast Minneapolis tracks, BNSF reports

N.D. oil trains shift route back to northeast Minneapolis tracks, BNSF reports

January 10, 2015 | Star Tribune|Most of the North Dakota crude oil trains crossing Minnesota no longer pass through west metro suburbs and downtown Minneapolis, according to a railroad route update. BNSF Railway, the largest Bakken oil hauler, notified Minnesota officials in December that it has shifted crude-by-rail traffic back to its usual route via […]

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CFD: Powder from derailed train not hazardous

CFD: Powder from derailed train not hazardous

January 10, 2015 | COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus fire crews responded to a train derailment on the city’s south side just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The reported derailment happened near the intersection of Parsons Avenue and Dering Ave. Battalion Chief Tracy Smith said fire crews noticed white powder spilling from the cars, but determined it […]

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Attica train derailment under investigation

Attica train derailment under investigation

January 4, 2016 | WLFI| ATTICA, Ind. (WLFI) — A seven grain car train derailed off a Norfolk Southern train while passing through Attica Saturday night. Three of the cars remained up right and four fell off to the side pulling part off the track. The derailment is currently under investigation. Norfolk Southern public relations […]

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19 N.Y. communities get foamers to fight crude oil rail fires

January 4, 2015 | Ohio.com|ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The federal government is giving 19 New York communities located along major rail lines an extra dose of security. Emergency response trailers equipped with a foam substance that firefighters and hazardous materials teams can use to suppress fires caused by oil or other flammable liquids are being […]

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First responders, fire departments in U.S. often unprepared for hazardous train derailments

December 28, 2015 | PJ Star | Ohio officials say they have no specific plans to handle derailments of trains carrying Bakken crude oil. First responders in small, remote towns sometimes aren’t equipped to handle toxic spills and explosions. And big city fire departments aren’t always trained to handle the most dangerous chemicals. [Read the […]

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Difficulty Complying with North Dakota’s Liberal 13.7 Vapor Pressure Standard

Difficulty Complying with North Dakota’s Liberal 13.7 Vapor Pressure Standard

December 28, 2015 | Inforum| BISMARCK – An alternative method for reducing the volatility of Bakken crude will be tested next year as state regulators report a “significant increase” in noncompliance with oil conditioning this winter.  The North Dakota Industrial Commission gave approval this month for Hellervik Oilfield Technologies of Bismarck to test a prototype […]

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