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COLTS could get natural gas station

Lackawanna County’s public bus service could eventually host a compressed natural gas station that would allow any drivers of natural-gas-fueled cars to fill up there. The County of Lackawanna Transit System is one of 27 public transit agencies targeted for natural gas stations by the state Department of Transportation, which aims to expand availability in a state teeming with natural ...

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US, Canada agree on new standards for railroad oil tankers

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PITTSBURGH – The U.S. and Canada on Friday announced regulations that would phase out or strengthen the railroad oil tankers involved in several recent explosions by 2020. The regulations impose enhanced design standards for tankers built after Oct. 1 and establish a schedule for retrofitting or eliminating existing tankers. They also require enhanced braking systems that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony ...

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Rail inspection finds missing bolts

An inspection of the rail line that stretches from Fort Edward to southern Saratoga County last week found three “critical” problems, although all were in central and southern Saratoga County and none in Washington County. The track review by the state Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration found missing bolts in rail joints in stretches of track in Saratoga ...

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U.S. Transportation Dept pushes tough oil train standards-sources

WASHINGTON/OTTAWA, Feb 12 – The U.S. Transportation Department has recommended crude oil trains be reinforced and have advanced braking systems installed to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, according to sources familiar with the plan. The proposal, which now faces a White House review, envisions safety improvements that public advocates endorse but oil and rail leaders have said would mean ...

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The perfect accident storm

There are many safety threats and challenges that face those working on oil and gas in the Williston area of the Bakken. None are greater than roadway safety, namely the operation of trucks and the increased traffic that they bring. Sharing the road with an 80,000 pound semi-truck is daunting on any stretch of road but a number of compounding ...

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CMU, Fractracker teaming up to monitor crude oil trains through region

Trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil from Midwestern shale oil fields pass through the region daily and at speeds approaching the limit established to reduce derailment risks, according to a pilot study by Fractracker Alliance and Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab. The study counted 360 tanker cars bearing the Department of Transportation “1075” and “1267” flammable oil and ...

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Transportation Department reviews ND highway

ALEXANDER, N.D. — The North Dakota Transportation Department is assessing safety at a highway intersection following a string of accidents near Alexander. The Bismarck Tribune reports McKenzie County emergency manager Karolin Rockvoy requested the review after a fatal crash on U.S. Highway 85 on Tuesday. It was the 20th highway death in the county this year and followed a nearby crash ...

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Dakota Resource Council protests oil trains

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Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ This week President Obama and the Department of Transportation are attempting to crack down on oil train hazards by banning DOT-111 cars.  The rule is up for public comment for 60 days. The Dakota Resource Council held a protest today to raise awareness of the dangerous nature of Bakken crude transportation in Grand ...

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Should oil shipment info be public?

A view of the Cheyenne rail yards from the Norris viaduct. (Photo: Michael Smith/Wyoming Tribune-Eagle)

By James Chilton | The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE – For now, residents of Cheyenne can rest easy knowing that large quantities of volatile Bakken crude oil aren’t coming through town. As for tomorrow, however, your guess is as good as anyone else’s, and it’s probably going to remain that way for the foreseeable future. Bakken crude oil, so named for ...

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Crude oil shipper seeks secrecy

ALBANY — A request by a rail company hauling Bakken crude oil that the state keep as secret newly required federal reports on traffic and routes likely would run afoul of the state’s open records laws, according to the state’s resident expert on the law Monday. On Friday new federal rules from the Transportation Department went into effect requiring rail ...

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