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  • Train nearly takes out U.S. Senator [Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) during speech on train safety]

    04/19/2014 10:27:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 19, 2014
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ircHCzcg3WY
  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

    04/15/2014 4:27:36 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 73 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | April 15, 2014 | DAN ELLIOTT (AP)
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient diesels, but now it's coming back to life. The Union Pacific Railroad is embarking on a yearslong restoration project that will put No. 4014 back to work pulling special excursion trains. "It's sort of like going and finding the Titanic or something that's just very elusive, nothing that we...
  • California to see surge in oil brought in by rail

    04/14/2014 7:56:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    California is preparing for an oil boom — brought in on rail cars. There are no pipelines that bring crude oil into California. For decades, the fuel that powers the state’s 32 million vehicles has come from tanker ships or in-state production. But government regulators predict a surge in U.S. oil production will means a steep increase in the number of trains carrying it to California refineries. The Ventura County Star reported Sunday that the increase in rail traffic will happen quickly, jumping from 9,000 carloads in 2011 to more than 200,000 carloads by 2016, according to California Energy Commission...
  • Rangeley fire chief tells Senate subcommittee people ‘vaporized’ in Quebec rail disaster

    04/13/2014 8:40:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    bangordailynews.com ^ | April 09, 2014, at 6:25 p.m. | Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
    The explosion destroyed six city blocks. Several of the 30 burning buildings were incinerated. Many ruptured tanker cars were bunched together like folds in an accordion. Still others, intact, could detonate at any second, and Pellerin could tell that much of the 1.5 million gallons of spilled oil had ignited and poured through the small Quebec town like lava. Canadian firefighters told Pellerin that “they actually saw people step out of their homes and be vaporized by the [burning] oil,” Pellerin told the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington on Wednesday
  • Liquefied natural gas shows potential as a freight locomotive fuel

    04/14/2014 5:40:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | APRIL 14, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
    EIA projects that liquefied natural gas (LNG) will play an increasing role in powering freight locomotives in coming years. Continued growth in domestic natural gas production and substantially lower natural gas prices compared to crude oil prices could result in significant cost savings for locomotives that use LNG as a fuel source, according to EIA's Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014). Taken together, the 7 major U.S. freight railroads consumed more than 3.6 billion gallons of diesel fuel in 2012, or 7% of all diesel fuel consumed in the United States. The fuel cost more than $11 billion in 2012 and...
  • Hodges' 1st 100 days: Building relationships, slowly and steadily ( Somali Muslims in MN )

    04/09/2014 12:59:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | April 7, 2014 | MAYA RAO
    Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges .. hours after she lost the Southwest light-rail vote, she visited a Somali mall on E. 24th Street in a blue hijab, accompanied by her Somali liaison, Abdirahman Muse. Hodges’ office said she is fulfilling many of the promises she put forth in a 100-day plan for the Somali community, including asking the city attorney for a review of small business regulations. In an upstairs room, Somali shopkeepers praised her for showing up, and poured out their concerns through translators, telling her they needed more space to park, more opportunities for idle youth, and more Somali...
  • Oil Trains Start Rumbling Into California: Expect a Fierce Political Battle

    04/03/2014 8:31:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/03/2014 | Chriss Street
    Phillips 66, formerly a division of energy giant ConocoPhillips, recently filed a project proposal to bring mile-long crude oil trains from Canada and North Dakota to its refinery in California’s San Luis Obispo County.  If approved, the project would mean up to 250 trains a year will each haul 2 million gallons of crude oil into California and travel on the same tracks used for Amtrak commuter railtrains in the San Francisco Bay Area. With oil fracking increasing America’s domestic production by 60% in the last three years, political delays in building the Keystone XL Pipeline resulted in California having the only...
  • Economist: Transport causing ‘serious logistical challenge’ for shale boom

    03/26/2014 5:55:34 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 25, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    Despite major accidents in the past year, U.S. oil companies must keep using the nation’s railroads to move crude to markets while they build a much more extensive pipeline network, an energy economics professor said Tuesday. Oil refineries on the East Coast have virtually no access to the light, sweet crude extracted in Texas’ surging oil fields because there are no pipelines to carry the oil there. It is generally too expensive to ship the crude from the Gulf Coast to buyers in the northeastern U.S. because of quirks in century-old laws, forcing refineries in New Jersey to buy oil...
  • Perpetually Indebted Amtrak Wants to Offer Free Rides

    03/16/2014 11:13:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Akash Chougule
    The multiple folds of irony are all most too much to handle. The nation’s government-run passenger rail service – which has never once in more than four decades turned a profit and relies on perpetual taxpayer handouts - plans to start offering free rides to writers. The idea, which stemmed from a New York-based writer’s tweet, will launch an official residency program for writers on its long-distance routes, coincidentally the least cost-efficient and most heavily subsidized in the Amtrak system. Amtrak is a perpetual loser, and it’s unlikely that this writers-ride-free gimmick will have a happy ending. Perhaps no government...
  • Crude oil shipments up 83 percent on US railroads

    03/14/2014 5:15:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 13, 2014 | Associated Press
    he number of carloads of crude oil U.S. railroads delivered last year surged 83 percent over 2012 as concerns about the shipments grow. The Association of American Railroads said Thursday the major U.S. railroads delivered 434,042 carloads of crude oil in 2013. That’s well above the 236,556 carloads of crude oil railroads delivered in 2012.
  • Trader kills self in finance world’s latest suicide

    03/12/2014 4:57:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 3/12/14 | Michael Gray March 12, 2014 | 5:45pm
    A Manhattan trader was killed Tuesday morning by a speeding Long Island Rail Road commuter train, marking at least the seventh suicide of a financial professional this year. Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, jumped in front of an LIRR train at 6 a.m. near the Syosset train station. He was declared dead at the scene. Reilly’s identity was confirmed by Salvatore Arena, an LIRR spokesperson, who said an investigation into the incident was continuing. Passengers on the west-bound express train told MTA investigators they saw a man standing by the tracks before he jumped in...
  • Bakken Crude, Rolling Through Albany

    03/02/2014 3:01:46 PM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 27, 2014 | JAD MOUAWAD
    ...a 600-foot oceangoing oil tanker called the Stena Primorsk left the Port of Albany on its maiden voyage down the Hudson River laden with 279,000 barrels of crude oil. It quickly ran aground on a sandbar. ...The ship’s outer hull was breached, but a second hull prevented a spill. Still, the interrupted voyage just 12 miles south of the port signaled a remarkable turnaround for the state’s capital. With little fanfare, this sleepy port has been quietly transformed into a major hub for oil shipments by trains from North Dakota and a key supplier to refiners on the East Coast....
  • Regulators hike restrictions for oil trains

    02/25/2014 1:50:09 PM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 25, 2014 | Zain Shauk
    Regulators ratcheted up restrictions for oil trains in an emergency order on Tuesday, prohibiting rail shipments of crude from being categorized as low-risk materials. The Department of Transportation’s emergency order was the fourth issued in the last year because of derailments of trains carrying crude. It will require oil shippers to test crude oil in order to categorize it in one of the two highest risk groups of hazardous materials. Higher risk materials have lower flash points and boiling points. Recent derailments of trains carrying crude, including one in Lac-Megantic, Quebec that killed 47 people, involved crude oil that was...
  • Railroads confront crude safety

    02/21/2014 10:27:40 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | February 21, 2014 | Matthew Brown and Joan Lowy
    Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents. A copy of the agreement between the U.S. Transportation Department and the Association of American Railroads was obtained Friday by The Associated Press. It calls for railroads to slow down oil trains through major cities, increase track inspections and bolster emergency response planning along routes that carry trains hauling up to 3 million gallons of oil each. Those trains now pass regularly from oil producing areas, including the Northern Plains, to coastal...
  • Irving Oil to convert railcar fleet, remove older cars from service

    02/20/2014 5:12:36 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | FEBRUARY 18, 2014 | THE CANADIAN PRESS
    Irving Oil said Monday it will remove from its fleet the same type of railcar involved in the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que., last summer. The company said it will convert its fleet of crude oil railcars to comply with U.S. standards for DOT-111 tank cars built after Oct. 1, 2011, and remove the older cars from service. Specifications set out by the Association of American Railroads call for railcars built after October 2011 to be constructed with reinforcements that have been reported to reduce the risk of product loss if the railcars derail. The Saint John-based firm said...
  • Report: US Energy Secretary Favors Reducing Oil Shipped By Rail

    02/19/2014 10:30:50 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 19, 2014 | Reuters
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz supports reducing the amount of crude oil shipped by rail in favor of pipelines that are safer, cheaper and cleaner, Capital New York reported on Wednesday. "What we probably need is more of a pipeline infrastructure and to diminish the need for rail transport over time," he said in an interview published on the Capital New York website. He said the infrastructure is "not there" to handle the surge in North Dakota Bakken oil production from near zero to 1 million barrels per day (bpd). "Frankly, I think pipeline transport overall probably has overall a...
  • Train Accidents Stir Worries About Crude Transport

    02/18/2014 5:00:35 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    AP via Rig Zone ^ | February 17, 2014 | Matthew Brown
    At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions. ...Experts say recent efforts to improve the safety of oil shipments belie an unsettling fact: With increasing volumes of crude now moving by rail, it's become impossible to send oil-hauling trains to refineries without passing major population centers, where more lives and property are at risk. Adding to the danger is the high volatility of the light, sweet crude from the fast-growing Bakken oil patch in Montana and...
  • Train Carrying Canadian Oil Derails, Leaks In Pennsylvania

    02/13/2014 2:26:42 PM PST · by thackney · 68 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | February 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Dilts & Robert Gibbons
    A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track and crashed into a nearby industrial building at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift. Nineteen of the derailed cars were carrying oil, four of which spilled between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons of oil, Norfolk Southern said. The leaks have since been plugged. The two other...
  • Tesoro updating rail oil cars with safer versions

    02/10/2014 5:28:55 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 8, 2014 | Vicki Vaughan
    Tesoro Corp. said this week that it’s begun replacing its older rail cars used to transport crude oil with those of safer design. The San Antonio-based refiner said its rail-car fleet will consist entirely of the safer cars by mid-year. The change will apply “to the vast majority of crude-oil deliveries into Tesoro’s facilities,” the company said. Tesoro said it is “proactively” making the change, adopting designs for newer rail cars used to transport crude that were a recommended standard starting in October 2011. “Tesoro is committed to the safe and environmentally sound handling of crude oil,” Keith Casey, Tesoro’s...
  • BNSF to invest $5 billion in its railroad in 2014

    02/06/2014 5:28:13 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 5, 2014 | Associated Press
    BNSF plans to invest $5 billion in its railroad this year, including $900 million to expand capacity in the Northern Plains where crude oil shipments are surging. The railroad said Tuesday its 2014 spending plan is roughly $1 billion higher than last year. BNSF says it’s responding to significant volume growth. Some projects should help alleviate congestion near the booming Bakken oil field in North Dakota and Montana...
  • Americans set to ban French railway firm from bidding on £4 billion contract..

    02/05/2014 6:37:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 5, 2014 | Peter Allen
    France's state-owned railway is set to be banned from bidding for a £4 billion contract in the USA because of its role in the World War II Holocaust, it emerged today. SNCF runs some of the fastest and most efficient lines in the world but has a dark history which saw it transport thousands of Jews to their deaths in German concentration camps. Now senators in the US state of Maryland have proposed a bill which would make it illegal for the French to apply for prestige projects.
  • Oil from North Dakota improperly classified, officials say

    02/05/2014 4:32:42 AM PST · by thackney · 40 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 4, 2014 | Associated Press
    Government investigators have found crude oil being transported from North Dakota’s Bakken region was misclassified in samples taken from 11 out of 18 truck shipments en route to rail loading stations, federal transportation officials said Tuesday. Hazardous materials shipments are supposed to be classified into one of nine categories depending on the risk involved. If the materials are misclassified, they could wind up being shipped in less protective rail tank cars and emergency personnel might follow the wrong protocols when responding to a spill. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said it has proposed fining three companies involved in...
  • US State Dept: Without Keystone, Oil Trains May Cause 6 Deaths Per Year

    02/04/2014 8:47:21 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 03, 2014 | Reuters
    Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line. The long-awaited study, released on Friday, focused on the environmental impact of TransCanada's $5.4 billion pipeline, but also spent several pages analyzing the potential human impact of various ways to transport oil, using historical injury and fatality statistics for railways and oil pipelines. Although it excluded the runaway oil train derailment that killed 47 people in Lac...
  • Canadian group pitches Alaska rail line for oil sands

    02/04/2014 4:57:55 AM PST · by thackney · 11 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | February 4, 2014 | Jennifer Canfield
    Could a $15 billion railroad project reduce the cost of living in Alaska overnight? Matt Vickers, a lead member in the startup group G7G Railway Corp., thinks it can. Vickers’ Vancouver-based group is proposing a 1,600-mile railroad from Fort McMurray, Alberta, into Alaska. About 240 miles of the rail would be laid in the state. The railroad would primarily transport bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to Delta Junction, where the project’s creators hope to tap into TAPS, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. That version of the project would depend on the Alaska Railroad Corporation extending its rail line 80 miles from...
  • Train Carrying Fuel Oil Derails, Spills In Mississippi

    02/01/2014 6:36:58 PM PST · by thackney · 38 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | January 31, 2014 | Therese Apel
    A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi on Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials said. No one was injured in the incident which involved the derailment of 21 railcars, eight of which have spilled their contents, a Canadian National Railway spokesman said. Several of the cars were carrying hazardous materials including fertilizer and methanol, but there was no fire, he said. The accident, the latest in a string of North American train derailments over the past year, occurred in the city limits of New Augusta...
  • Exxon to move Canadian crude by rail amid pipeline shortage

    01/31/2014 4:55:47 AM PST · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 30, 2014 | Zain Shauk
    With limited pipeline options to ship oil sands crude out of Canada, Exxon Mobil Corp. plans to move up to 100,000 barrels per day of Canadian oil using a new rail terminal that should be running by 2015, an executive said Thursday. The terminal, to be constructed in Alberta, will cost up to $250 million if it is built to a maximum capacity of 250,000 barrels of oil per day, said David Rosenthal, Exxon Mobil’s vice president of investor relations, during a conference call with analysts. The rail terminal is being developed by Kinder Morgan and Imperial Oil at an...
  • Teenager electrocuted while 'listening' to railway track

    01/22/2014 2:28:16 PM PST · by kingattax · 50 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 1-22-14 | Andy Rudd
    Tragic teen Kanwel Butt was electrocuted while 'listening' to the railway track to see if his delayed train was coming. The 17-year-old put his ear to the live rail and was killed instantly. An inquest today heard how the teenager had moved to England from Pakistan just months earlier and was making his first solo train journey. In Pakistan people sometimes listen to rails, which are not live, to see if a train is coming.
  • Train runs over man as he poses for photo

    01/20/2014 5:52:19 PM PST · by kingattax · 67 replies
    WND/KIRO-TV ^ | 1-20-14
    AUBURN, Wash. — A 42-year-old man died Saturday after he was hit by an Amtrak train in Auburn, fire officials said. The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. near C Street Southwest and Eighth Street. According to the Auburn Fire Department, the man’s girlfriend was taking pictures of him sitting on the rails when an Amtrak Cascades Train struck the man, who was from Las Vegas.
  • TransCanada will look at rail if Keystone XL rejected

    01/16/2014 5:44:12 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | January 15, 2014 | Rob Gillies
    The chief executive of TransCanada said Wednesday if the Obama administration doesn’t approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline his company will look to the more dangerous alternative of building build rail terminals in Alberta and Oklahoma. President Barack Obama is expected to decide early this year on Keystone XL, which is under review at the State Department. The long-delayed pipeline would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said pipelines are “by far a safer alternative” to oil trains but said if customers want him to build rail terminals he will. He said he’s in...
  • New regulations for oil on rail cars to come in 2015

    01/15/2014 3:09:22 AM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 14, 2014 | Zain Shauk
    Regulations that could force oil companies to use stronger rail cars to move crude likely will be ready in 2015, according to a schedule released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Oil companies have increasingly used rail cars to move crude, but recent disasters, including a derailment and massive explosions in North Dakota last month, have drawn attention to the cars’ vulnerabilities. New regulations that could force older tank cars to be upgraded or phased out are under development, but will not be proposed until Nov. 12 and will be subject to a public comment period until Jan. 12,...
  • Time to ‘aggressively phase out’ old, unsafe tank cars carrying oil, says CN

    01/14/2014 11:07:32 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | JANUARY 13, 2014 | BRUCE CHEADLE
    The railway industry wants to “aggressively phase out” older model tank cars that have been implicated in several recent accidents, the head of CN Rail’s safety division told an industry forum Monday. But the consensus at the day-long workshop was that there’s no quick fix for a decades-old problem that has almost 80,000 sub-standard DOT-111 tank cars carrying flammable liquids on North American tracks. And whatever the solution, the cost eventually will be borne by consumers. Sam Berrada, director general of safety and occupational health services for CN, told an overflow crowd of industry types, regulators, lobbyists and local first...
  • This high-speed rail thing is kinda’ becoming a disaster for Jerry Brown

    01/13/2014 8:46:11 PM PST · by dennisw · 43 replies
    hotair ^ | JANUARY 7, 2014 | BY ERIKA JOHNSEN
    California’s ludicrously ambitious plan to build a high-speed railway connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco has been besieged with all kinds of problems from almost the moment of its official conception, but let that not restrain California Democrats from doubling down on what they seem to view as their iliadic quest to make high-speed rail happen. Back in August, a judge declared that the project had already violated the 2008 ballot initiative that first authorized the $10 billion in bonds for the 500-mile train, because the state didn't actually having funding sources on the books for the $31 billion required...
  • Hoeven: Obama will approve Keystone

    01/12/2014 12:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said he thinks President Obama will approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. In the wake of multiple crude-by-rail train accidents in North Dakota -- leaving railcars ablaze and nearby residents at risk --Hoeven said on "Platts Energy Week" that the U.S. needs more pipelines. The U.S. needs pipelines "not only to improve conditions in terms of rail, but trucks," Hoeven said on Sunday. "With the Keystone pipeline, we'd take 500 trucks a day off our roads in western North Dakota." "So clearly pipelines are a part of the solution. But also we have to do everything...
  • Train carrying oil derails, catches fire in Canada

    01/08/2014 8:18:36 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 8, 2014 | Associated Press
    Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday morning, while they prepared to launch aerial surveillance and more than 100 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries. “The biggest concern is the propane cars,” the fire chief of the nearby community of Plaster Rock, Tim Corbin, said Wednesday morning, according to CBC News. “That’s our biggest concern because if they happen to explode, we’re looking at major damage.” The derailment late Tuesday in a sparsely populated region of New Brunswick again raised concerns about the increasing...
  • Casselton North Dakota Train Wreck Shows Keystone XL Need

    01/03/2014 6:38:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: An oil-laden train collides with another and bursts into flames in a small American town, proving why pipelines are safer and why environmentalist opposition to a pipeline from Canada is misguided. Casselton, N.D., had a near brush with tragedy after a train of tank cars carrying crude oil derailed, resulting in fiery explosions and a call from the town's mayor for a re-examination of how such fuel is transported across the United States. The railroad runs right through the middle of Casselton, a town of 2,400 people about 25 miles west of Fargo, and Mayor Ed McConnell said...
  • 3 Energy Trends You Can't Ignore in 2014

    01/03/2014 5:23:39 AM PST · by thackney · 9 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | December 22, 2013 | Aimee Duffy
    As America's energy story continues to develop, we are looking at three unmistakable opportunities for the midstream industry heading in to 2014. Today we examine the oil by rail, mergers and acquisitions, and export trends through the lens of four of the largest U.S. midstream companies: Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ETP ) , Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD ) , Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP ) , and Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE: PAA ) . 1. Oil by rail Shipping oil by rail was a major trend in 2013, and there's no reason to think that will change...
  • Stricter oil-by-rail rules needed after another explosion: critics {Casselton}

    01/02/2014 5:28:26 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    VANCOUVER SUN via Calgary Herald ^ | JANUARY 1, 2014 | GORDON HOEKSTRA
    A third major explosion involving Bakken shale oil, in North Dakota on Monday night, is eliciting calls for improved safety regulations in both Canada and the U.S. The safe transport of oil by rail has been highlighted as important to B.C. by municipalities and environmentalists because an increasing amount of oil is being delivered by rail here already. There is also the prospect of a major increase in oil-by-rail shipments through B.C. if controversial pipeline projects proposed to carry bitumen to the west coast don’t materialize or are delayed. In North Dakota, most of the 2,300 residents of the town...
  • ND town dodged a bullet in crude explosion (Lesson is Keystone Pipeline would be less dangerous)

    12/31/2013 8:27:26 AM PST · by bestintxas · 31 replies
    wash post ^ | 12/31/13
    A southeastern North Dakota town narrowly escaped tragedy when a train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded nearby, the mayor said Tuesday, calling for changes in how the fuel is transported across the U.S. No one was hurt in Monday’s derailment of the mile-long train that sent a great fireball and plumes of black smoke skyward about a mile from the small town of Casselton. The fire had been so intense as darkness fell that investigators couldn’t get close enough to count the number of burning cars. The National Transportation Safety Board was preparing to investigate. .Most residents heeded a...
  • Fiery train derailment leads to evacuation

    12/30/2013 6:57:38 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 36 replies
    nypost.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | Associated Press
    CASSELTON, N.D. — A mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed just a mile before it would have cut through the heart of a small North Dakota town, shaking residents with a series of explosions that sent flame and black smoke skyward. No one was hurt, but officials were evacuating as many as 300 people as a precaution. Casselton Train Derailment
  • Rural Retreat, VA, Train 42, December 24, 1957 (Christmas Eve Vanity)

    12/24/2013 7:31:53 PM PST · by Rodamala · 19 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 12/27/1954 | O. Winston Link / Corky Zider
    Train 42, 'The Pelican', headed by N&W 4-8-4 Class J 603 arrives at Rural Retreat, VA eastbound from New Orleans to Washington shortly before 10pm Dec. 27th, 1957, and thunders off into the night. The Norfolk & Western Railway's own Class J was perhaps the finest of all express steam engines, and 603 is heard here in its last days of main line service with a consist of 17 cars. The photograph is of Train 17 'The Birmingham Special' westbound arriving later that same night at 11:37pm, being waved through by Agent J.L. Akers. The photograph and sound recording were...
  • Bullish CBR perspectives ...confident about long-term crude-by-rail service to coastal markets

    12/17/2013 5:21:13 AM PST · by thackney · 3 replies
    Bakken Petroleum News ^ | Week of December 15, 2013 | Gary Park
    Ignore a spate of accidents, tighter regulations and competitive elements, the use of rail to move crude is here for the long term, speakers told the RailTrends 2013 conference in New York late in November. They offered their bullish outlook against a backdrop of increasing rail shipments in the current quarter after a flattening off in the previous three months as several railroads and refiners noted in the quarterly reports that there has been a rebound in crude pricing that underpins the crude-by-rail, or CBR, sector. Refiners said a third-quarter change in dynamic made the option more economic for some...
  • Crude from Colorado rides train to new railport

    12/15/2013 7:23:50 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle via Fuel Fix ^ | December 15, 2013 | A Union Pacific train carrying 70 tanker cars of crude oil from Colorado rolled into the Port of Be
    A Union Pacific train carrying 70 tanker cars of crude oil from Colorado rolled into the Port of Beaumont’s Orange County Terminal last week — the first to arrive at a new facility built for such shipments. Called a unit train because it carried a single cargo to one destination, it brought 43,000 barrels of oil from the Niobrara Shale in Colorado to the Jefferson Transload Railport for use by an area refinery.
  • North Dakota oil rail shipments expected to spike

    12/13/2013 5:20:01 AM PST · by thackney · 21 replies
    AP via Fuel Fix ^ | December 13, 2013 | James MacPherson
    The percentage of North Dakota oil shipped by rail will likely jump significantly in the next year as producers increasingly turn to trains to reach U.S. refineries where premium prices are fetched, the state’s top oil regulator told lawmakers Thursday. Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources, told the Legislature’s Government Finance Committee that he expects as much as 90 percent of the state’s crude will move by rail in 2014, up from about 60 percent at present. North Dakota, the nation’s No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, is on pace to surpass 1 million barrels daily early...
  • Metro-North Engineer Was Dozing Just Before Train Derailment, Sources Say

    12/03/2013 9:09:57 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    dnainfo ^ | December 3, 2013 | By Murray Weiss
    MANHATTAN — Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks, DNAinfo New York has learned. Veteran engineer William Rockefeller all but admitted he was falling asleep as the train came roaring to a curved section of track north of Spuyten Duyvil in statements made shortly after four people were killed and dozens were injured in the wreck, sources said. He apparently woke up just as the train, traveling at...
  • NTSB: Train going too fast at curve before wreck

    12/02/2013 2:36:45 PM PST · by jazusamo · 66 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | December 2, 2013 | JIM FITZGERALD & FRANK ELTMAN - AP
    YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) — A commuter train that derailed over the weekend, killing four passengers, was hurtling at 82 mph as it entered a 30 mph curve, a federal investigator said Monday. But whether the wreck was the result of human error or brake trouble was still unclear, he said. Asked why the train was going so fast, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said: "That's the question we need to answer." Weener said the information on the locomotive's speed was preliminary and extracted from the Metro-North train's two data recorders, taken from the wreckage after the Sunday morning...
  • Officials: 4 Dead After Metro-North Train Derails In The Bronx

    12/01/2013 7:32:44 AM PST · by Perdogg · 72 replies
    CBS NY ^ | 12.01.13
    Four people were killed and 63 injured when a Metro-North commuter train derailed Sunday morning in the Bronx, officials said. All of the train’s seven cars came off the curved track about 100 feet north of the Spuyten Duyvil station around 7:20 a.m., MTA officials said. One car came to rest feet from the water.
  • DC Metro’s Silver Line is coming to Tysons, but don’t look for lots of new commuter parking

    11/28/2013 3:46:04 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 41 replies
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | By Lori Aratani
    Fairfax County residents have watched cranes and bulldozers rip up roads and disrupt commutes for the dramatic aerial structures that will carry Metro’s newest rail line through Tysons Corner and into Reston. Now that the Silver Line is about to open, many potential riders have one simple question: Where do we park? The answer: You probably don’t. Fairfax officials did not include parking garages at the four Silver Line stations in Tysons. That decision has been cheered by “smart growth” advocates, but residents are concerned that their streets will become de facto Metro parking lots. And some potential Silver Line...
  • Study says pipeline resistance raises oil-transport risks

    10/22/2013 5:05:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | 10/21/2013 | OGJ editors
    Pipeline transport of oil is so much safer than other modes that resistance to it is raising risks, concludes a study published by the Fraser Institute, Calgary. The risk of a spill in road transport is almost 20 incidents per billion ton-miles, according to US data cited in the study by Diana Furchtgott-Roth, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and Kenneth P. Green, senior director, natural resource policy studies at the Fraser Institute. For rail, the risk is slightly more than two incidents per billion ton-miles. For pipelines, the risk is less than 0.6 incident per billion ton-miles. Citing US...
  • Pipelines are safer than trains and trucks, report says

    10/18/2013 4:47:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 18 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 17, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    When it comes to transporting oil, pipelines are the safest option, trumping trains and trucks, according to a new report from Canada’s Fraser Institute. The study is just the latest to make the safety case for greater reliance on pipelines, coming while the Obama administration weighs whether Keystone XL is in the national interest and even as Tesoro starts cleaning up a seven-acre oil spill in a North Dakota wheat field. U.S. data on incidents from 2005 to 2009 “show that road and rail have higher rates of serious incidents, injuries and fatalities than pipelines, even though more road and...
  • Stealth Socialism: Ghost Cities And Fake Paris, London, Manhattan (Moral Hazard Gone Wild!)

    09/22/2013 8:37:21 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 3 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 09/22/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    There is no doubt about it. The Obama-era represents what Rep. Alan Grayson calls “stealth Socialism” – the government takeover of the bond market (The Fed), the healthcare system (Obamacare) and forced integration of suburbs (HUD Secretary Donovan’s plan). In that respect, the US is becoming more and more like China where their central planners have been busy building massive cities where no one can afford to live. China even has a replica of London (Thames Town) thamestown and Paris. chparis And an abandoned, fake DisneyWorld! wonderland-buildings-arches-turrets_46178_600x450 Not to mention Manhattan. fakenan Of course, China’s population is growing and eventually...