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Transport Minister delivers on promise to accelerate removal of legacy DOT-111 tank cars from crude oil transport

November 1, 2016 | Government of Canada | The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of protecting Canadians and those who live along our rail corridors. That’s why we took concrete steps to make the shipment of dangerous goods safer. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today highlighted that legacy DOT-111 tank cars will […]

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Union Pacific Cars Derail Near Superior

Union Pacific Cars Derail Near Superior

October 25, 2016 | WPR | Four Union Pacific cars derailed from BNSF track just before midnight Monday night in the Town of Superior. Town of Superior Fire Department Chief Darryl Fiegle said volunteer fire crews arrived to find three tank cars rolled on their side and one leaking a flammable liquid called octene that’s […]

Crews clean up chemical leak after train derailment near Superior

Crews clean up chemical leak after train derailment near Superior

October 25, 2016 | Duluth Tribune News | Hazardous materials workers from three major railroad companies continued work to contain a derailment spill of the combustible material octene south of Superior on Tuesday morning. No injuries were reported as the result of the spill that happened late Monday and closed a portion of State Highway […]

Crude by rail shipments down by half as North Dakota oil production hits two-year low

Crude by rail shipments down by half as North Dakota oil production hits two-year low

October 15, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | Rail shipments of petroleum from Midwestern oil fields to East Coast refineries have plummeted as North Dakota’s oil production has fallen to a two-year low. Production dropped below 1 million barrels per day for the first time in more than two years, officials said Thursday — yet […]

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Oil Shipments by Rail now Equal – East and West Coasts

Oil Shipments by Rail now Equal – East and West Coasts

October 15, 2016 | Bakken Today | An estimated 350,000 barrels per day left the Bakken by rail in July, said North Dakota Pipeline Authority Director Justin Kringstad. The top destination for Bakken crude-by-rail shipments had been East Coast refineries, but in July the East and West coasts each received about 42 percent of Bakken […]

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3 oil train tankers derail in N.J., no spill – local media

3 oil train tankers derail in N.J., no spill – local media

October 15, 2016 | Reuters | Three train tankers carrying oil from an Exxon Mobil lube plant in Paulsboro, New Jersey, derailed overnight but there was no spill, local media reported on Tuesday. The derailment, which happened on private property in Paulsboro, occurred as one of the rails was bent, the report said, quoting a […]

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A big bet on oil train safety in Vancouver

A big bet on oil train safety in Vancouver

October 15, 2016 | Crosscut – Earthfix | The company behind the oil-by-rail terminal proposed for the Port of Vancouver announced new safety measures Friday. It hopes they will quell fears about the project. Oil company Tesoro says it wants to prove to the community and regulators that it takes safety concerns seriously. The Vancouver Energy […]

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Postscripts that could renew your faith in public officials: Crude oil trains, Camarillo rock slides and homeless college students

Postscripts that could renew your faith in public officials: Crude oil trains, Camarillo rock slides and homeless college students

October 12, 2016 | LA Times | Who says the news is all bad? Last week, after months of hearings and public protest, the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted to deny oil giant Phillips 66 a permit to build a rail terminal at its Santa Maria Refinery. The project would have allowed Phillips to […]

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Crude realities for Bakken oil as Shell ditches West Coast rail plan

Crude realities for Bakken oil as Shell ditches West Coast rail plan

October 8, 2016 | Reuters |  North Dakota oil producers were dealt another blow this week when Royal Dutch Shell said it would scrap plans to build an oil train terminal in Washington state that would have taken over 400,000 barrels per week of Bakken and other inland crudes. Shell’s move on Thursday comes at […]

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Will San Luis Obispo County follow the lead of Benicia and ban oil trains, or capitulate to Phillips 66?

September 30, 2017 | LA Times |There were a couple of light moments Thursday at the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s interminable, inconclusive public hearing about whether it should allow the fossil fuel giant Phillips 66 to send crude-oil trains across California to its Santa Maria Refinery. A local named Gary, one of only […]

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