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Slump in oil-by-rail shipments boosts car storage business

TAHAWUS, N.Y. — New tank car safety standards coupled with a slump in oil-by-rail shipments are causing headaches for many in the railroad business, but for a struggling scenic railroad in the Adirondacks and other short-line operators, they may bring salvation. Ed Ellis, president of Saratoga and North Creek Railway, said he plans to store up to 500 empty tank ...

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2 injured in oil truck fire at rig site south of Gillette

GILLETTE, Wyo.  — Two men are recovering after they were injured in a flash fire that happened in a hot oil truck at a rig site south of Gillette. The Gillette News Record reports Wright volunteer fire crews were called to the site off Wyoming Highway 387 just after 2 a.m. Monday. Capt. Bill Shank says the fire burned the hot ...

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Man injured in Putnam gas pipeline explosion

WINFIELD – A man is being treated for burns after a ruptured natural gas pipeline burst into flame south of Winfield Monday afternoon. An excavator driven by an unidentified party struck and ruptured the four-inch plastic pipeline, said Joey Tolley, of Tolley Contracting, LLC. The individual driving the excavator isn’t affiliated with Tolley’s company. Tolley’s company contracts work from Union ...

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Expert assesses risk of oil train accident in Pennsylvania

Train hauling oil

With as many as 70 oil trains rumbling across Pennsylvania each week, the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday released a series of recommendations meant to reduce the risk of a catastrophic derailment, including reduced speeds through cities, beefed-up track inspections and a call for trackside communities to plan for an emergency. Wolf has expressed “grave concern” about the ...

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Series of explosions rocks Texas oil field chemical supplier

CONROE, Texas — A series of explosions rocked an oil filed chemical supply company north of Houston on Friday, setting off a fire that sent a broad, dense column of thick, black smoke towering into the otherwise blue skies. DrillChem said no one was in the plant on the eastern fringe of Conroe, about 40 miles north of Houston, at ...

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When big rigs push past the safety rules

The semitrailer truck rumbled south down Houston County Road 9, a two-lane highway that rolls across the fertile farmland of southeast Minnesota, on an overcast Saturday morning in March. The roads were clear of ice and snow, and the truck’s trailer was loaded with giant bales of hay. Dale and Teresa Erickson, married for 26 years, were cruising north in ...

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