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Official: Fire still burning hours after Iowa derailment

Official: Fire still burning hours after Iowa derailment

March 11, 2017 | ABC News| A fire sparked by the derailment of a freight train hauling ethanol through rural northwest Iowa continued to burn strong nearly 15 hours later, but appears not to be leaking any significant amounts of ethanol into a creek at the site, an Iowa environmental official said Friday. “There was […]

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State Police: ‘Close To A Miracle’ More People Weren’t Hurt In Newburgh Train Derailment

March 8, 2017 | CBS New York | NEWBURGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — It was “close to a miracle” that more people didn’t get hurt when a CSX freight train derailed in Newburgh after colliding with an articulating boom lift, a New York State Police captain said Wednesday. Crews are continuing efforts to remove the derailed […]

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San Jose: Residents rally to derail plan that would send oil tankers through city

San Jose: Residents rally to derail plan that would send oil tankers through city

February 19, 2017 | Mercury News | San Jose residents and local activists have organized a march Sunday and community meeting Thursday to remind the public that the fight to prevent flammable crude oil from being hauled on rail through Willow Glen and other neighborhoods up and down the state isn’t over. Although the San Luis […]

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Why Is the Exxon-Funded Heartland Institute Now Calling Oil Trains “Dangerously Flammable”?

Why Is the Exxon-Funded Heartland Institute Now Calling Oil Trains “Dangerously Flammable”?

February 19, 2017 | DESMOG | Exxon is owner of the largest oil-by-rail terminal in Canada. Is the oil industry — or at least its paid supporters — finally admitting that moving oil by rail might be too dangerous? Or is this just the latest talking point to push for more pipelines while fighting safety […]

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Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

Defective Axle Blamed for 2013 Fiery North Dakota Derailment

February 7, 2017 | ABC News | A defective axle broke and caused a 2013 train derailment that led to a series of explosions just a quarter-mile outside a small North Dakota town, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. A BNSF train carrying soybeans derailed and was struck by one carrying oil, setting off […]

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154,000 Barrels of Crude-by-Rail Each Day to Puget Sound

154,000 Barrels of Crude-by-Rail Each Day to Puget Sound

February 4, 2017 | Sightline Institute | Last week, the Washington Department of Ecology published its first quarterly report on oil transport in the state, including important new information on oil train shipments. Although the publication presents the data in a confusing manner that makes it difficult for the public to understand exactly how much […]

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Oil train numbers drop with oil prices

Oil train numbers drop with oil prices

February 3, 2017 | SWC Bulletin | ST. PAUL — A third as many trains haul North Dakota crude oil across Minnesota as two years ago. Falling oil prices forced a drop in oil output in the Bakken region in western North Dakota, which meant a dramatic drop in the number of trains needed to […]

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‘I have never seen anything more terrifying’

‘I have never seen anything more terrifying’

February 4, 2017 | Bay Today | It’s been almost two years since the Canadian National Railway (CN) train carrying crude oil from Alberta oil sands derailed just outside the town of Gogama, spilling an estimated 1 million litres of crude oil. Gogama fire Chief Mike Benson was the first responder on the night of the derailment […]

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BNSF to cut rates for ethanol shippers using DOT-117s

BNSF to cut rates for ethanol shippers using DOT-117s

January 26, 2017 | American Shipper | Berkshire Hathaway-owned BNSF Railway Co. is cutting freight rates for ethanol shippers that opt to use DOT-117 model tank cars starting in April, according to a customer advisory notice from the company. [Read the entire article here.]

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Rail Industry Eager for a New Trump Era Light on Safety Rules

Rail Industry Eager for a New Trump Era Light on Safety Rules

January 21, 2017 | DESMOG | “The policy landscape in Washington, D.C., dramatically shifted on Election Day…” While clearly not news to anyone, it was part of Edward Hamberger’s address to a conference in New York a week after Trump’s presidential victory. Hamberger is CEO of the rail industry lobbying group, the Association of American Railroads […]

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