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A timeline of recent oil train crashes in the US and Canada

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The derailment of an oil train in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge follows a string of fiery accidents in the U.S. and Canada as shipments of crude by rail have increased with more domestic oil production: — July 5, 2013: A runaway Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train that had been left unattended derailed, spilling oil and catching fire inside the ...

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Fort McMurray residents could be allowed to return June 1

Fort McMurray

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — More than 80,000 residents who fled Canada’s main oil sands town because of a massive wildfire could return home starting on June 1 if conditions are deemed to be safe, officials said Wednesday. Premier Rachel Notley said the re-entry will be done in stages and will be voluntary and cautioned the date is preliminary. Those ...

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Fire threatens Alberta oil production, helps boost price

Alberta oil, Canada, fire, oil production

The massive wildfire in the heart of Alberta oil country is helping send crude prices higher. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 34 cents to $44.66 a barrel Friday in New York after earlier dropping by nearly 2 percent. Oil prices often spike when there is concern that production could be curtailed. Canada is the leading exporter of crude oil and natural ...

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Canada delays decision on nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

Canada delays decision on nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian government on Thursday delayed for a second time a ruling on whether waste from nuclear power plants can be permanently stored underground less than a mile from Lake Huron, a proposal that has drawn fierce opposition on both sides of the border. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had been scheduled to ...

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TransCanada launches legal action over Keystone XL rejection

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) – TransCanada Corp sued the U.S government in U.S. federal court on Wednesday, alleging President Barack Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline exceeded his power under the U.S. Constitution. Obama rejected the cross-border crude oil pipeline late last year, seven years after it was first proposed. TransCanada also filed legal action with NAFTA authorities saying the ...

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Canada’s Trudeau leaves room for oil pipelines to gain local approval

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Canada’s government sounded another note of opposition to a proposed oil pipeline in the country’s west coast, though he appeared to leave the door open to allowing proponents to acquire the needed local approval for projects to go ahead. The newly elected Liberal government campaigned on a promise to toughen up the environmental review process for oil ...

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Shifting markets may make Portland Pipe Line redundant

The Portland Pipe Line, built 74 years ago to provide for the safe transport of crude oil to Quebec at a time when German U-boats were patrolling the western Atlantic, may be obsolete by the new year. That would mean fewer oil tankers calling on Portland Harbor and less work for tugboats, harbor pilots, line handlers, marine fuel suppliers, ship ...

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Hempfield safety seminar puts focus on Bakken crude

Emergency responders from four counties gathered in Hempfield on Saturday to learn how to better respond to rail incidents, particularly those involving Bakken crude oil. The highly flammable crude is transported from the Bakken Formation, an area encompassing parts of Canada, Montana and North Dakota, to oil refineries, some of which are on the East Coast. There’s been an increase ...

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Canada inflation rate steady in Oct, energy prices weigh

OTTAWA – Canada’s annual inflation rate held at 1.0 percent in October, remaining at the lower end of the central bank’s target range as it was held down by cheaper energy prices, data from Statistics Canada showed on Friday. The figures were in line with economists’ expectations that inflation would match September’s reading. Prices were higher in seven of the ...

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Canada’s Alberta making credible shift to reduce emissions – federal minister

CALGARY – Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta is making a credible shift toward a low carbon economy, Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna said on Wednesday, as her government prepares for the upcoming Paris climate talks. McKenna, who was on her first domestic trip in Canada since her appointment by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Nov. 4, ...

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