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For Minnesota hazmat inspector, many railcars and not enough time

For Minnesota hazmat inspector, many railcars and not enough time

October 1, 2015 | MPR News| Trains roll in and out of the Pig’s Eye railyard south of downtown St. Paul, and trucks rumble by as hazmat inspector Kevin Kampa points to an oil train parked just beyond a concrete wall. “This train could be anywhere from 90 to 110 cars,” he said. “It’s all […]

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Why America’s Oil Output Refuses to Collapse

Why America’s Oil Output Refuses to Collapse

October 1, 2015 | Bloomberg News| Somewhere amid the maze of wells that Murphy Oil Corp. has scattered across Texas’s sprawling Eagle Ford shale formation, Brett Pennington is carrying out a little experiment. What will happen, the exploration chief wants to know, when he jams huge quantities of sand down the narrow mouth of one […]

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Rail service shutdown could cost economy $30 billion, group says

Rail service shutdown could cost economy $30 billion, group says

October 1, 2015 | McClatchy DC|WASHINGTON–A looming shutdown of the nation’s rail system could have a bigger economic impact than the 2013 government shutdown and could even trigger a recession, according to a new report. Railroads have warned that they will suspend freight and passenger operations on Jan. 1 if Congress does not extend a […]

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DeSmogCast – The Science of Bomb Trains

September 26, 2015 | DeSmogCast | This video reviews the science behind the Bakken bomb train phenomena and details the oil industry’s successful efforts to delay any regulations that could resolve the issue. Bakken oil contains natural gas liquids like butane that make the oil extremely volatile and flammable. This reality has been demonstrated by […]

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Lawsuit Launched Over Feds’ Failure to Examine Yorktown Oil Train Terminal’s Threat to Rare Sturgeon, Sea Turtles

Lawsuit Launched Over Feds’ Failure to Examine Yorktown Oil Train Terminal’s Threat to Rare Sturgeon, Sea Turtles

September 24, 2015 | Center for Biological Diversity | YORKTOWN, Va.— Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today for failing to assess impacts to endangered species before issuing a permit for an oil train terminal at the mouth of the York River. The 2013 permit […]

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Notice given of planned lawsuit over Va. oil train terminal

Notice given of planned lawsuit over Va. oil train terminal

September 26, 2015 | 13 News | RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Two environmental groups say they plan to sue over a Yorktown terminal that accepts trains carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale region. Media outlets report that the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club’s Virginia chapter said Thursday they have […]

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Judge delays ruling on Lac Megantic disaster settlement

Judge delays ruling on Lac Megantic disaster settlement

September 25, 2015 | WMTW | PORTLAND, Maine —A bankruptcy judge in Maine has postponed a ruling on a $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec. The U.S. bankruptcy trustee wanted the judge to approve the plan Thursday so money can begin flowing to those […]

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Two men charged in Canada train terror get life in prison

Two men charged in Canada train terror get life in prison

September 23, 2015 | The Christian Science Monitor | TORONTO — Two men found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada with support from al-Qaida were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser must serve a minimum of 10 years before becoming eligible for parole on their life […]

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South Dakota train derailment cause still unknown

South Dakota train derailment cause still unknown

September 22, 2015 | Grand Forks Herald | SCOTLAND, S.D. — Two days after a 98-car train carrying ethanol partially derailed, no cause has been determined, and officials say an investigation may take up to one year. Terry Williams — public affairs officer for the National Transportation Safety Board — said the investigation began Sunday, […]

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Update: NTSB and EPA On Scene Of Train Derailment Near Scotland

National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Terry Williams says the train heading from Mina, South Dakota, to Deer Park, Texas, was traveling 10 mph at the time, which was the allowed speed. September 19, 2015 | KDLT |BON HOMME CO., S.D. – An official says federal investigators have spent their first full day on the scene […]

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