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  • Oil tankers cars leaking after another derailment near North Dakota-Montana border (Buffett BNSF)

    07/16/2015 10:55:25 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 1 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | July 16, 2015 | By Forum News Service
    CULBERTSON, Mont. – A train carrying oil derailed in northeast Montana Thursday, hours after the tracks reopened from another train derailment that occurred on Tuesday in the same county. The westbound train derailed about 6:05 p.m. Mountain Time east of Culbertson, Mont, said BNSF Railway spokesman Matt Jones. The westbound train contained 106 loaded crude oil tank cars and two buffer cars loaded with sand. Twenty-two cars derailed and two of those remained upright, Jones said. The other rail cars were still on the track in the desolate area near the North Dakota and Montana border. Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason...
  • Southwest light-rail e-mails show messaging behind cost announcement

    07/08/2015 5:34:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    MPLS Star Tribune ^ | 7-8-15 | Janet Moore
    At 8:10 a.m. on Monday, April 27, the Metropolitan Council released the startling news that the price tag of the proposed Southwest light-rail line had increased by $341 million to $2 billion. Met Council Chair Adam Duininck said in a news release at the time that “all options are on the table,” including not building the line at all. E-mails among Duininck, Metro Transit officials and other political players — including Gov. Mark Dayton — obtained through a Minnesota Data Practices Act request reflect the behind-the-scenes positioning in the days leading to the announcement. The 231 pages of e-mails don’t...
  • Crude by rail receipts continue to be an important source of supply for West Coast refiners

    05/29/2015 6:11:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | May 28, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    This Week in Petroleum has previously examined crude oil supply patterns on the West Coast, noting the increase in unaccounted-for supply, and then linking the increase to movements of crude by railroad. EIA’s recently launched crude-by-rail data enable a more detailed analysis of emerging crude oil supply patterns on the West Coast. The data indicate that most crude-by-rail deliveries into PADD 5 are destined for refineries in Washington state, and that despite recent delays in crude-by-rail projects in California, refineries in the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas are not entirely without access to domestic crude oil from other regions....
  • Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip

    05/19/2015 6:23:59 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    AP via Belleville News-Democrat ^ | MAY 18, 2015 | BEN NEARY
    Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead met Monday with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. "I wanted to get out here and talk to these two governors," Mead said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "If there are practical issues as well that we could help work through — everything from train traffic to train congestion, to issues of coal dust...
  • Officials reveal TWO Philadelphia-area trains were 'shot at' within minutes of crash

    05/17/2015 7:39:22 PM PDT · by jonatron · 112 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12:51 EST, 17 May 2015 | Daily Mail Staff
    Federal officials this weekend revealed the train that crashed Tuesday, killing 8, was one of two struck by objects that day. Investigators are now looking into the possibility the doomed train's windshield was struck in the moments before the crash. Amtrak, meanwhile, has been ordered to expand speed-restriction system in area of derailment in Philadelphia. NTSB investigators, however, said Sunday that no communication from the train indicated it had been hit by an object. ...snip EPTA, Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, said there's no indication the object that hit the commuter rail train is related to the Amtrak derailment. Philadelphia Mayor...
  • CHRIS MATTHEWS: REPUBLICANS ‘TREAT TRAINS LIKE HISPANICS

    05/15/2015 4:07:55 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 62 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/15/2015 | AN HANCHETT
    MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews said that Republicans “treat trains like Hispanics” on Thursday. Matthews argued that AMTRAK could “unite this country. It wouldn’t be flyover country, it would be one country again. Rail could bring us together. Culturally, it would be the greatest thing. St. Louis would boom, Cincinnati, all those train stops, all those rail heads would be back in business big-time, if we were united by rail, instead of flyover, looking down on the people, the everyday people.”
  • Regulating the Railroads in Amtrak's America

    05/14/2015 3:03:02 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 4 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 14, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Reflections on the May 12, 2015 Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia... First Day at School You’re a gym teacher at a new school, in charge of 30 kids in a gym, on your first day at work. You can’t keep your eye on all of them at once. While you were helping a couple of kids improve their free throws at one end, you hear a shout at the other end of the gym; one kid knocked another down. Scenario 1: You don’t know either kid at all, so you objectively ask the kids to all explain what happened. You...
  • Amtrak.. engineer, reportedly ranted about safety: 'I wish the railroads had been more proactive'

    05/14/2015 2:08:00 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 77 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | 5/14/15 | BY KELDY ORTIZ , DAREH GREGORIAN
    Brandon Bostian, crashed Amtrak train's engineer, reportedly ranted about safety: 'I wish the railroads had been more proactive' BY KELDY ORTIZ , DAREH GREGORIAN The engineer who was behind the controls of an Amtrak train that derailed going around a curve at 100 mph is a lifelong train buff who's written online about the need for better rail safety, it was reported Thursday. Brandon Bostian, writing on website Trainorders.com, criticized railroads for not installing "positive train control" systems to prevent crashes, the New York Times reported. "At any point over the previous EIGHTY years the railroad could have voluntarily implemented...
  • Why Can't America Have Great Trains?: A Washington mystery

    05/13/2015 12:22:18 PM PDT · by Publius · 139 replies
    National Journal ^ | 18 April 2015 | Simon Van Zuylen-Wood
    Thirty-nine minutes into his southbound ride from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington, DC, Joseph H. Boardman, president and CEO of Amtrak, begins to cry. We're in the dining car of a train called the Silver Star, surrounded by people eating hamburgers. The Silver Star runs from New York City to Miami in 31 hours, or five more hours than the route took in 1958, which is when our dining car was built. Boardman and I have been discussing the unfortunate fact that 45 years since its inception, the company he oversees remains a poorly funded, largely neglected ward of the state,...
  • At least five dead, 50 injured in Philadelphia Amtrak derailment

    05/12/2015 10:19:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    United Press International ^ | May 13, 2015 | Danielle Haynes
    At least five people died and dozens were injured Tuesday evening when several cars of an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia. Train 188, carrying 238 passengers and five crew members, was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York. Seven cars and the engine of the train derailed in the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed at least five people died in the accident. "It is an absolute disastrous mess," he said. "Never seen anything like this in my life." Six people in critical condition and more than 40 people with less critical injuries were transported to...
  • 50 Hurt After Amtrak Train Derails in Philly

    05/12/2015 7:04:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 347 replies
    At least 50 people were hurt after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials. Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Amtrak-Derailment-Philadelphia--303536331.html#ixzz3ZypyykBM Follow us: @nbcphiladelphia on Twitter | nbcphiladelphia on Facebook
  • I have a better idea than light rail - oil pipelines

    05/11/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-15 | Joe Soucheray
    The Metropolitan Council continues to struggle with a marketing problem that just won't go away. The projected cost of extending light rail from Minneapolis to Eden Prairie has ballooned to $2 billion, which would make it the largest public infrastructure project in state history. That certainly would be a lot of bridges repaired and lanes of freeway added. Mark Fuhrmann, the project director for Metro Transit, said the other day that delaying the project could jeopardize federal funding. In other words, if we don't act now, we could lose the government's contribution needed to build the line. The government's share?...
  • Massive Fire Rages After Another Buffett-Owned Oiltrain Derails In North Dakota, Town Evacuated

    05/06/2015 3:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Exactly two months after the latest Warren Buffett-owned BNSF train derailed near the spot where the Galena river meets the Mississippi, resulting in a huge fire and the evacuation of all homes in a one mile radius, moments ago another of Buffett's BNSF oil trains derailed, this time near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota, resulting in the same outcome. According to the Bismark Tribune, the town in Wells County was evacuated Tuesday morning after a train full of oil tanker cars derailed and burned about a mile and half east of here. ... For those concerned that these countless...
  • Heimdal, North Dakota, Evacuated After Fiery Oil Train Crash

    05/06/2015 10:09:59 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 14 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 6, 2015 | By Lisa Riordan Seville, Sean Federico-O'Murchu and Tracy Connor
    A tiny North Dakota town was evacuated Wednesday after a train carrying crude oil derailed and 10 cars burst into flames, local authorities said. It is the latest in a string of explosive oil train derailments that have raised concerns about the large volume of crude moving across America's tracks. No injuries have been reported from the derailment of a BNSF train near Heimdal, North Dakota. The town, which in 2010 had a population of 27, has been evacuated, as have farms near the crash site. "I was in the house at 7:15 a.m. when we thought we heard thunder,"...
  • Crude by rail accounts for more than half of East Coast refinery supply in February

    05/05/2015 5:08:33 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MAY 5, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    Monthly rail receipts of crude oil accounted for more than half (52%) of the crude oil supply to East Coast refineries in February. As U.S. and Canadian production of crude oil has increased, crude supply by rail to East Coast (PADD 1) refineries has grown, displacing waterborne imports of crude oil from countries other than Canada, such as Nigeria. While refinery utilization in Petroleum Administration for Defense District (PADD) 1 in early 2015 has been below typical levels, this still marks the first time in EIA's dataset that crude deliveries by rail have accounted for such a high percentage of...
  • US, Canada Unveil New Crude-By-Rail Rule

    05/04/2015 5:27:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | May 01, 2015 | Deon Daugherty
    New safety rule on crude tank cars is coordinated through the US and Canada, likely to increase industry costs. With an emphasis on enhanced tank car construction and braking standards, U.S. and Canadian transportation officials have released a new rule to boost the safety of crude by rail in North America. “Our close collaboration with Canada on new tank car standards is recognition that the trains moving unprecedented amounts of crude by rail are not U.S. or Canadian tank cars – they are part of a North American fleet and a shared safety challenge,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx...
  • China May Build Rail Tunnel Under Mount Everest, State Media Reports

    04/14/2015 3:30:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 9 April 2015 | Haroon Siddique and Jason Burke
    Construction project is believed to be under consideration and is part of proposed extension to link China with Nepal by railChina is considering extending a railway line linking the country to Nepal via a tunnel under Mount Everest, according to Chinese state media. The proposal is the latest in a series of ambitious rail schemes Beijing is reportedly examining. It comes amid scepticism about whether some of the projects will ever get off the ground and at a time of a growing Chinese presence in Nepal, which has caused some concern in rival regional power India. The Qinghai-Tibet railway already...
  • Fewer Oil Trains Ply America’s Rails

    04/08/2015 4:33:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Oil Gas Journal ^ | April 6, 2015 | ALISON SIDER
    The growth in oil-train shipments fueled by the U.S. energy boom has stalled in recent months, dampened by safety problems and low crude prices. The number of train cars carrying crude and other petroleum products peaked last fall, according to data from the Association of American Railroads, and began edging down. In March, oil-train traffic was down 7% on a year-over-year basis. Railroads have been a major beneficiary of the U.S. energy boom, as oil companies turned to trains to move crude to refineries from remote oil fields in North Dakota and other areas not served by pipelines. Rail shipments...
  • Senators Try To Stop The Coming Oil Train Wreck

    04/07/2015 4:58:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/06/2015 | James Conca
    Spearheaded by the Senators from Washington_State, legislation just introduced in the United States Senate will finally address the rash of crude oil train wrecks and explosions that have skyrocketed over the last two years in parallel with the steep rise in the amount of crude oil transported by rail. Oil production is at an all-time high in America, great for our economy and energy independence, but bad for the people and places that lie along the shipping routes. Just since February, there have been four fiery derailments of crude oil trains in North America and many more simple spills. More...
  • Trade workers set to benefit from Gov. Jerry Brown's project list (high-speed drought?)

    04/05/2015 5:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/05/15 | Melanie Mason
    At his recent groundbreaking for the state's high-speed train, Gov. Jerry Brown paused while extolling the project to laud the union workers who will build it.. "You've got to put something in the ground," Brown said, riffing on what drives economic growth. "You've got to get these building trades men and women doing stuff. That's what makes America — what makes the world — go 'round." If Brown has his way, the construction workers will soon be doing a lot of "stuff." The governor's final-term agenda is stacked with legacy-cementing projects, including the rail network, a replumbing of California's waterworks...
  • Will commuter rail service between Ann Arbor and Howell require a new tax?

    04/01/2015 8:03:34 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 17 replies
    mlive ^ | 3-31-2015 | Ryan Stanton
    The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority has wrapped up an initial round of public meetings as part of a feasibility study of north-south commuter rail between Ann Arbor and Howell, a project often referred to as WALLY. But after meetings in Brighton and Ann Arbor, and another one Monday night in Howell, questions still remain about how the service would be funded. Michael Benham, strategic planner for the AAATA, acknowledged it's possible that communities along the line could be asked to pay for the service through taxes, as fares alone wouldn't be enough to cover the costs. He said that...
  • Mass transit is more than light rail - and still costly

    04/01/2015 6:06:46 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 18 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-1-15 | David Montgoery
    Light rail is controversial because of its price tag -- the recently finished Green Line linking downtown St. Paul with Minneapolis cost $957 million. Supporters, though, say it's justified along dense routes where it can move many people more efficiently than buses can. <<>> Taxpayers shoulder the majority of the cost. In the metro area, fares account for about $100 million in revenue last year -- about 30 percent of the operating cost of transit. Federal grants play a big role in paying for new transitways and vehicles -- 55 percent of capital costs last year. But federal taxpayers covered...
  • Minnesotans in oil train ‘danger zones’ urged to prepare

    04/01/2015 4:41:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    echopress ^ | Don Davis
    people need to take some personal awareness of what’s around them,” Kevin Reed of the Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department said. “‘How do I get out of the way before the fire department gets here?’” Minnesotans should answer in advance questions such as “what would I take with me?” he added. People living within a half mile of railroad tracks carrying North Dakota oil are in an area officials say is a “danger zone.”
  • New EIA monthly data track crude oil movements by rail

    03/31/2015 12:48:53 PM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | MARCH 31, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    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. The new monthly time series of crude oil rail movements includes shipments to and from Canada and dramatically reduces the absolute level of unaccounted for volumes in EIA's monthly balances for each region. EIA is initiating the new series with monthly data from January 2010 through the current reporting month, January...
  • BNSF adds new safety rules for crude oil trains

    03/31/2015 4:55:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 30, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>BNSF has started taking additional safety measures for crude oil shipments because of four recent high-profile derailments in the U.S. and Canada, the railroad said Monday.</p> <p>Under the changes, BNSF is slowing down crude oil trains to 35 mph in cities with more than 100,000 people and increasing track inspections near waterways. The Fort Worth-based railroad also is stepping up efforts to find and repair defective wheels before they can cause derailments.</p>
  • Los Angeles train hits car on tracks and derails, 21 hurt

    03/28/2015 1:01:53 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 22 replies
    KFGO ^ | March 28, 2015
    At least 21 people were hurt, two of them seriously, on Saturday when a Los Angeles commuter train struck a car that was crossing the tracks and derailed into a street near the University of Southern California campus. A silver Hyundai Sonata was left crumpled and unrecognizable following the collision, according to a Reuters witness. The lead train car jumped the tracks, crashing through a metal fence and across a grass-covered median before coming to rest in the middle of Exposition Boulevard. One person on the Metrolink train suffered serious injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said, and a person...
  • Chinatown businesses, supporters unhappy about impacts of high-speed rail work

    03/23/2015 3:07:25 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | March 22, 2015 | BY ANDREA CASTILLO
    Around 25 business owners and supporters of Fresno’s Chinatown gathered Sunday afternoon to share their concerns about the imminent high-speed rail construction along Kern and F streets. Chinatown Revitalization Inc. listed many concerns including that Spanish and Chinese speaking business owners have not been notified of the construction. Verta Gonzalez, who runs Floreria Rubi at 1515 Tulare St., said she had no idea about the coming construction. Gonzalez said business owners who speak English perhaps are able to defend themselves better. “It’s like they think Mexicans don’t matter,” she said of the rail authority. Rail authority spokeswoman Lisa Alley said...
  • As oil trains roll across America, volunteer firefighters face big risk

    03/23/2015 2:00:08 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-23-2015 | EDWARD MCALLISTER
    Volunteers at the Galena, Illinois, fire department were hosing down the smoldering wreck of a derailed BNSF oil train on March 5 when a fire suddenly flared beyond their control. "They dropped the hoses and got out" when the flames started rising, said Charles Pedersen, emergency manager for Jo Daviess County, a rural area near the Iowa border which includes Galena. "Ten more minutes and we would have lost them all." No one was hurt in the fire, which burned for days, fed by oil leaking from the ruptured tank cars. But an increase in explosive accidents in North America...
  • Two Convicted In Canada VIA Rail Terror Plot Case [Obama's Safe World!]

    03/20/2015 5:01:53 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | March 20, 2015
    Two Convicted In Canada VIA Rail Terror Plot Case Chiheb Esseghaier, one of two suspects accused of plotting with al-Qaida in Iran to derail a train in Canada, arrives at Buttonville Airport just north of Toronto 23 April 2013 Chiheb Esseghaier said he only wanted to be judged by the Koran Two Canadian men accused of plotting to attack a passenger train going from New York to Toronto have been found guilty on multiple terror charges. Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier were arrested in 2013 after a surveillance and undercover operation. Jurors spent 10 days in deliberations before returning guilty...
  • Personal Trainer Achilles Williams Struck, Killed by Train While Filming Fitness Video

    03/20/2015 8:51:38 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 71 replies
    People Magazine ^ | 3/19/2015 | Melody Chiu
    Two months after fitness expert and reality TV star Greg Plitt was killed by a Metrolink train in California, another personal trainer was struck and killed Tuesday in Georgia by a freight train. Achilles Williams, 30, a popular Atlanta-area personal trainer, was skipping rope near the train tracks filming a YouTube workout video when he was sideswiped by a speeding freight train, a spokesperson at the Fulton County coroner's office confirms to PEOPLE.
  • Texas lawmaker pushes ban on federal aid to Texas rail transit

    03/18/2015 7:26:02 AM PDT · by Rodamala · 24 replies
    examiner.com ^ | March 8, 2015 | Lyndon Henry
    Austin,Texas — A North Texas state senator has introduced a bill in the Texas legislature that would effectively prohibit the state or any of its subsidiaries, such as cities and transit authorities, from using money from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for rail mass transportation.
  • Refiners group wants broader approach to crude-by-rail safety

    03/18/2015 5:18:21 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Federal regulators seeking to boost the safety of moving oil by rail should focus on improving the integrity of the nation’s train tracks, not just the tank cars that carry crude, a top refining industry representative says. Charles Drevna, head of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, questioned “how strong a role prevention is playing in the Department of Transportation’s comprehensive strategy” for combating crude-by-rail derailments, in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Any effort to enhance rail safety must begin with addressing track integrity and human factors, which account for 60 percent of derailments,” Drevna said in his...
  • Safety questions, Are standards for conditioning Bakken crude oil for transport adequate?

    03/13/2015 12:01:59 PM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of March 15, 2015 | Maxine Herr
    Fiery explosions from North DakotaÂ’s Bakken oil in recent weeks are raising questions about the safety of the light, sweet crude, even with new oil conditioning standards to take effect April 1, at the same time that a major North American railroad is questioning whether it even wants to be in the crude transport business (see story below). But North DakotaÂ’s top industry regulator says the new standards are only one part of the solution to eliminate rail car explosions, so heÂ’s urging the federal government to hurry with its new rail safety rules. In December, the North Dakota Industrial...
  • Rail’s apprehensions, Canadian Pacific’s board expresses reluctance...stay in crude-by-rail business

    03/13/2015 11:59:11 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of March 15, 2015 | Gary Park
    Canadian Pacific’s board expresses reluctance to stay in crude-by-rail business Canadian Pacific Railway has disclosed that its directors are reluctant to continue transporting crude oil - an idea that was swiftly quashed by the Canadian government, but was reignited by two more derailments of crude trains. CP Rail Chief Executive Officer Hunter Harrison divulged for the first time on March 2 that his board is giving “careful consideration” to whether it can “get out of (the crude-by-rail) business.” That element of its business has increasingly burdened the company with risks and regulations that have offset a rapid growth in related...
  • Oil by Train Opposed

    03/11/2015 5:22:20 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Santa Barbara Independent ^ | March 10, 2015 | RICHIE DEMARIA
    Community leaders and activists gathered Monday to voice their opposition to the proposed Philips 66 oil train project. A panel of speakers — including Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal, and environmentalists with ForestEthics and 350 Santa Barbara — addressed the potentially catastrophic derailment dangers facing area communities should the energy company receive approval to add a 1.3-mile rail expansion to its Santa Maria Refinery for crude-carrying trains. The Philips 66 facility west of Nipomo removes petroleum coke and sulfur from crude oil before piping it north to Contra Costa County for further refinement. If San...
  • New York City-Bound Amtrak Train Hits Truck, Derails in North Carolina; 55 Hurt

    03/10/2015 5:06:51 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 25 replies
    nbcnewyork.com ^ | March 10, 2015
    An Amtrak train headed to New York City slammed into a tractor-trailer that got stuck on the tracks while trying to make a difficult left-hand turn in North Carolina Monday. One of the train's cars toppled and the conductor and at least 54 others were injured. It was the third serious commuter train crash in less than two months. Two deadly crashes in New York and California in February killed a total of seven people and injured 30. The oversized flatbed trailer involved in Monday's crash was transporting a modular building wrapped in blue plastic and jammed with electrical equipment,...
  • Derailed Canadian National Crude Train Still Burning

    03/09/2015 6:30:41 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | March 09, 2015 | Jeffrey Hodgson
    A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying crude oil that derailed near the northern Ontario community of Gogama early on Saturday is still on fire, the company said late on Sunday. The derailment is CN's second in the region in just three days and the third in less than a month. It was the latest in a series of North American derailments involving trains hauling crude oil, raising concerns about rail safety. "Fire suppression activities are beginning, as is construction of the track diversion," CN spokesman Mark Hallman said in an email, adding that responders were working in shifts around...
  • Train carrying crude oil derails in Canada

    03/08/2015 1:27:15 PM PDT · by thackney · 54 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 7, 2015 | Associated Press
    A CN Rail train carrying crude oil derailed early Saturday in northern Ontario, causing numerous tank cars to catch fire and spill into a local river system, officials said. It was the third CN oil train derailment in northern Ontario in less than a month, and the second in the same area, renewing concerns about the safety of shipping crude oil by train and further suggesting that new safety requirements for tank cars carrying flammable liquids are inadequate. CN said the cars had been retrofitted with protective shields to meet a higher safety standard known as the 1232. The new...
  • BNSF oil train derails in rural Illinois; two cars aflame

    03/05/2015 3:27:05 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2015 | EDWARD MCALLISTER AND CATHERINE NGAI
    (Reuters) - A BNSF Railway [BNISF.UL] train loaded with crude oil derailed on Thursday afternoon in a rural area south of Galena, Illinois, with two of the tank cars catching fire, according to local officials and the company. The incident marks the latest in a series of derailments involving trains hauling crude oil, a trend that has put a heightened focus on rail safety.
  • Volatile Bakken crude expected to keep flowing through Texas

    03/05/2015 5:21:27 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 5, 2015 | Michael Brick
    Despite falling oil prices, production cutbacks and persistent safety concerns, rail officials plan to continue shipping millions of gallons of volatile crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota through Texas, according to updated records provided by state officials on Wednesday. Average weekly volumes reflect little change from a first batch of disclosures released last week. Those disclosures, dated last summer, provided a limited view of forecasted shipments. Volumes in Harris County remain the highest, an average topping out at six million gallons a week. Federal emergency orders — approved last spring after a series of fiery derailments involving...
  • How the US transports oil, in 5 graphics

    02/26/2015 5:30:15 AM PST · by thackney · 24 replies
    BROOKINGS INSTITUTION via Business Insider ^ | FEB. 25, 2015 | JOSEPH KANE, ROBERT PUENTES AND ADIE TOMER
    The proposed Keystone XL pipeline has stirred considerable debate about the future of American energy policy. While the Senate’s recent vote to block its construction tables the discussion for the time being, it does not resolve major questions about how the U.S. transports oil today. With the ongoing shale gas boom, the U.S. is set to pass Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer. Looking beyond KXL, such a rapid rise in production means American transportation networks are straining under new pressures to safely and efficiently move all this energy between different markets. The following figures show how Keystone...
  • Metrolink Crash Passengers Describe Moment Of Impact

    02/24/2015 10:17:18 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    cbs Los Angeles ^ | 2-24-2015
    OXNARD (CBSLA.com) — While a number of victims of the Oxnard Metrolink crash on Tuesday morning remained in the hospital through the evening, the lucky ones who suffered no serious injuries spoke out about what the fateful moment was like. Passengers suffered scrapes, cuts and bruises, but said they were beyond grateful just to be alive. “I feel blessed, I am lucky,” victim Kent Groeneveld said. “It could have been a lot worse.” Groevenveld was riding on the top deck of the second car of Metrolink train 102, on his way to work in Monterey Park, when the train collided...
  • Murder on the Merriment Express

    02/23/2015 8:46:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Katie Kieffer
    Like a king cobra on speed, the CSX oil train cut through the falling snow and rolled along the tracks at 33 m.p.h.—transporting 3 million gallons of highly-flammable crude. But the convoy was a poor match for its cargo. At 1:20 p.m. Eastern time on February 16—35 miles outside of Charleston, West Virginia—the 109-car train derailed. Fireballs sliced through the cold air; a house was leveled in flames; hundreds of home owners lost electricity and drinking water; and a Kanawha River tributary oozed with oil. One man told the Los Angeles Times that the spill emanated heat like an “atomic...
  • AP Exclusive: Fuel-hauling trains could derail at 10 a year

    02/22/2015 9:58:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | MATTHEW BROWN and JOSH FUNK
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S. The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that reviewed the risks of moving vast quantities of both fuels across the nation and through major cities. The study completed last July took on new relevance this week after a train loaded...
  • After West Virginia Oil Train Derailment, Sign Keystone Bill

    02/19/2015 11:08:19 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 19, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: Three million gallons of Bakken crude burning in rural West Virginia after an oil train derails in a snowstorm ought to underscore the environmental safety of replacing rail cars with the Keystone XL pipeline. One of the reasons President Obama says he'll veto the Keystone pipeline bill that, as a result of last November's GOP electoral gusher, has found its way to his desk is that it will only carry Canadian crude to foreign markets and is not worth jeopardizing the environment. Two things are wrong with that argument. The first is that Keystone XL will also bring Bakken...
  • Panel Approves $7.8 Billion for Amtrak

    02/18/2015 2:34:40 PM PST · by Publius · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12 February 2015 | Keith Laing
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Thursday quietly approved nearly $8 billion in funding for Amtrak. The measure calls for spending approximately $1.7 billion annually over the next four years on the rail service, a slight increase from the present level of funding. Prior Amtrak funding debates in Washington have been contentious affairs, but lawmakers said this year's bill — which was approved unanimously — is fair to both supporters and critics of the national rail service. "This is a good reform bill that firmly moves passenger rail towards greater transparency and accountability, and forces Amtrak to operate like...
  • Why everyone should care about this exploding train

    02/18/2015 5:09:45 AM PST · by ABN 505 · 13 replies
    refiinary 29 ^ | February 17, 2015 | laura barcella
    Yesterday, a train derailed in West Virginia — and exploded. It was carrying more than 100 tons of crude oil, and it burst into flames after going off the rails outside of Charleston. Miraculously, no one was killed, though hundreds were evacuated and one man was hospitalized. Social media users were understandably alarmed by the magnitude of the fire, and photos of the incident quickly spread — looking more like a scene from an action film than anything else. The crash, which could contaminate the entire local water supply, is more than just a West Virginia-specific disaster: It's a reminder...
  • As high-speed rail gains momentum, U.S. can look to Europe's example

    02/16/2015 5:02:12 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 15, 2015 | By ANASTASIA LOUKAITOU-SIDERIS
    Most of the debate over the building of the nation's first bullet train, in California, has focused on the economics of such a monumental undertaking and its projected $68-billion first-phase price tag. Largely ignored amid the excitement over the railway's recent official groundbreaking is the physical impact and design challenges that cities will need to grapple with as they prepare for high-speed rail. California should look to rail systems across Europe to fully understand the challenge of building a transportation hub that connects to the community. To make the most of California's once-in-a-lifetime chance at building a thriving transportation network,...
  • Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails in Ontario

    02/16/2015 5:01:03 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 15, 2015 | CAROLYN KING And RITA TRICHUR
    A train carrying crude oil and operated by Canadian National Railway Co. derailed near the town of Timmins in northern Ontario just before midnight on Saturday, causing a fire but no reported injuries. The train derailed in a remote wooded area, according to a spokesman for Montreal-based CN, Canada’s largest railroad company. He said the railway company had deployed firefighting and environmental crews to the scene. The cause of the incident wasn’t yet known, he said. “Our emergency crews continue to conduct a full site assessment to determine the number of rail cars derailed and involved in the fire, and...
  • Six People Died in a Fiery NY Train Crash Packed with 400 People… 3 Were Top Investment Bankers

    02/13/2015 6:07:40 PM PST · by dynachrome · 64 replies
    shtfplan.com ^ | 2-13-15 | Mac Slavo
    According to the initial investigations of the NTSB, which include witnesses at the scene, the driver exited the vehicle on the tracks to inspect it being hit by a crossing gate: Reports so far show that 49-year-old Ellen Brody crossed onto the tracks, when the crossing gate slammed down on the back of her vehicle. Instead of pulling through the intersection though, she got out to inspect the back of her car. It was when she got back in her car and started to pull forward that she was struck by the passing train – going 58mph. The crash led...