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U.S. readying emergency oil train safety measures

U.S. readying emergency oil train safety measures

April 3, 2015| Inforum| WASHINGTON – The U.S. Transportation Department is completing work on a package of measures to control oil train dangers before the Obama administration finalizes a national safety plan expected by May, an official with knowledge of the plans said on Thursday.  The measures, which could include emergency orders, safety advisories, or […]

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Engineer Suing BNSF After 2013 Casselton Train Derailment

Engineer Suing BNSF After 2013 Casselton Train Derailment

April 2, 2015 | WDAZ | WDAY – The engineer of the oil tanker train that exploded in Casselton in December 2013 is suing his employer, BNSF. He says he suffered severe and permanent injuries in the crash between his oil tanker and a grain train. [Read the entire article here.]

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CSX fined over Lynchburg train derailment, oil spill

CSX fined over Lynchburg train derailment, oil spill

April 1, 2015 | newsadvance.com|RICHMOND — The State Water Control Board approved a consent order fining CSX Transportation Inc. more than $360,000 after a tanker spilled nearly 30,000 gallons of oil into the James River almost one year ago. [Read the entire article here.]

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North Dakota’s new oil train safety checks seen missing risks

April 1, 2015 | Reuters | (Reuters) – New regulations to cap vapor pressure of North Dakota crude fail to account for how it behaves in transit, according to industry experts, raising doubts about whether the state’s much-anticipated rules will make oil train shipments safer. High vapor pressure has been identified as a possible factor […]

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BNSF upgrading rail bridges near Stoddard

BNSF upgrading rail bridges near Stoddard

April 1, 2015 | La Crosse Tribune | STODDARD, Wis. — BNSF crews are working around the clock to replace one of two rail bridges south of Stoddard that are more than 100 years old. Work began Monday on the first bridge replacement, BNSF official Paul Nowicki said. That bridge should take about four days. [Read […]

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U.S. Movements of Crude Oil by Rail Now Online!

U.S. Movements of Crude Oil by Rail Now Online!

March 31, 2015 | EIA website |For the first time, EIA is providing monthly data on rail movements of crude oil, which have significantly increased over the past five years. The new data on crude-by-rail (CBR) movements are integrated with EIA’s existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge. […]

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Critics press ND to make Bakken oil safer, despite costs

Critics press ND to make Bakken oil safer, despite costs

March 30, 2015 | MPR News| North Dakota environmentalists want oil companies to reduce volatile gasses in Bakken crude. Regulators, however, say they’re taking a different tack that’s cheaper for the industry and still improves safety. The gasses remain a flashpoint for producers, environmental and safety groups concerned about transporting the highly flammable Bakken crude. […]

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Frac sand exec to slumping oil producers: You’re not going to drill your way out of this

Frac sand exec to slumping oil producers: You’re not going to drill your way out of this

March 30, 2015 | Fuel Fix |HOUSTON – The message that a scientific approach should trump the all-out wildcatting of the fading shale boom is echoing through more corridors of the energy industry. But oil producers may not want to hear it. [Read the entire article here.]

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2 tank cars derail at CSX yards in Minoa

2 tank cars derail at CSX yards in Minoa

March 30, 2015 | CNY Central | SX says there were no spills, after two tanker cars derailed in the train yards in Minoa early Saturday morning. [Read the entire article here.]

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Railroad wants to talk in private to fire chiefs about oil cars

Railroad wants to talk in private to fire chiefs about oil cars

March 30, 2015 | Seattle PI |The BNSF Railroad has pumped cold water on Washington Fire Chiefs request that it hand over worst-case scenarios and comprehensive emergency response plans for dealing with an oil train accident. [Read the entire article here.]  

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