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Upgrades to unsafe tank cars could take 15 years, board says

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Accident-prone tank cars used to haul crude oil and ethanol by rail could remain in service for another 15 years under federal rules that allow companies to phase in upgrades to the aging fleet, according to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. Transportation officials and railroad representatives have touted the rules as a key piece of ...

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Quebec town ravaged by train fire wants rail to bypass it

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LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — A runaway oil train brought death and destruction to this tiny community in Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying dozens of buildings. Three years later, trains still roll through downtown, just feet from restaurants and shops. Residents who see them as a haunting reminder of the conflagration want trains re-routed around the town, and a ...

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Burlington vigil to mark Quebec oil train wreck anniversary

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Environmentalists in Vermont are planning a vigil to mark the third anniversary of the wreck of an oil train in Quebec that killed 47. The group, 350-Vermont, says the July 6, 2013 accident in southeastern Quebec highlighted the dangers of the growing use of trains to ship crude oil. The group is planning its event on ...

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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains. The Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first. Oil coming from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation is considered more ...

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Oil train protesters briefly disrupt Obama speech

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SEATTLE (AP) — Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle on Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the trains. The president responded, cupping his ear to hear better and then saying he ...

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Oregon officials want a hold on oil trains after derailment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fiery derailment of an oil train in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge has state transportation officials asking for a halt to the massive trains because of concerns their heavier weight could be putting extra strain on a certain type of bolt that fastens the rails to the tracks. The Oregon Department of Transportation discussed its concerns ...

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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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How to implode an oil train tanker (VIDEO)

If an oil tanker is on the path to destruction, it usually meets its end after a derailment and the [possible] subsequent explosions. But what it would take to make one implode? In their usual tongue in cheek, “don’t try this at home” fashion, the team on the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters recently took on the challenge of destroying an oil ...

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CSX predicts challenging year for railroad in 2016

OMAHA, Neb. — CSX Corp. expects lower profits in 2016 as weak demand for coal and crude oil persists and the strong U.S. dollar continues to limit exports. The railroad discussed its outlook for lower freight volume and a difficult year on Wednesday — one day after releasing its fourth-quarter results. Chairman and CEO Michael Ward said the railroad will ...

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BNSF fined for tardy reporting of spills along railway

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state regulators have fined BNSF Railway $71,700 for tardy reporting of crude oil leaks and other hazardous material spills along the state’s railway. The Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday approved a settlement agreement between the railroad and its staff. But the UTC removed a provision that would have suspended $40,000 of the penalty if the ...

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