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Will San Luis Obispo County follow the lead of Benicia and ban oil trains, or capitulate to Phillips 66?

September 30, 2017 | LA Times |There were a couple of light moments Thursday at the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission’s interminable, inconclusive public hearing about whether it should allow the fossil fuel giant Phillips 66 to send crude-oil trains across California to its Santa Maria Refinery. A local named Gary, one of only […]

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Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

Herrera Beutler presses feds to study oil train safety

September 30, 2016 | tdn.com | In the wake of the oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge,  Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is pressing the U.S. Department of Transportation study ways to reduce fire and explosion risks during oil train derailments. Herrera Beutler sent a letter to the U.S. Department Transportation this month encouraging […]

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Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

Hoboken Crash Reignites Debate Over Positive Train Control

September 30, 2017 | ABC News | The train crash in New Jersey that left one woman dead and 114 others injured has re-ignited the debate over positive train control, an automatic breaking system that deploys when trains run above the speed limit among other scenarios. [Read the entire article here.]  

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County Panel Approves Rail Expansion In Columbia Gorge Despite Oil-Train Controversy

September 27, 2016 | OPB.org | A county planning commission has given its approval to a rail expansion in the same stretch of the Columbia River Gorge where a Union Pacific oil train derailed and burst into flames. The derailment in June resulted in an oil spill that contaminated groundwater. It also galvanized opposition to […]

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BNSF and Werner look to expand, their construction plans increasingly face opposition

September 27, 2016 | Omaha World Herald | For the country’s railroads and trucking firms, it is a tough sell getting anything built these days. The nation’s transportation companies — many of the country’s largest are headquartered or owned out of Omaha — are facing heightened levels of opposition to new construction projects, many of […]

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1,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spilled in Derailment

1,000 Gallons of Diesel Fuel Spilled in Derailment

September 23, 3016 | KWWL | At about 5:40 a.m. on Thursday, a train derailed from an apparent track washout near Ferryville, WI, about 25 miles north of Prairie du Chien. The crew was not injured in the incident, but have been transported to a local hospital as a precaution. News clip from KWWL. [Watch […]

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DOT-111 Exclusive: Video Footage of BNSF Derailment – Rush Creek

DOT-111 Exclusive: Video Footage of BNSF Derailment – Rush Creek

September 22, 2016 | DOT-111.info | Ferryville, WI — [Editorial]  Two days of flooding rain caused numerous mudslides and flash floods along the Upper Mississippi River Basin. First responders, emergency management and the WI DOT were on the lookout for problems along Wisconsin’s roads but one must wonder why BNSF allowed trains to travel through […]

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Washout causes derailment near Ferryville; no injuries reported

Washout causes derailment near Ferryville; no injuries reported

September 22, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | A BNSF freight train derailed and leaked diesel fuel Thursday morning after tracks washed out north of Ferryville as a second night of heavy rains triggered flooding and mudslides. Two locomotives and five rail cars left the tracks around 5:40 a.m. as the result of a washout […]

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Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

Bomb Trains: What Can We Learn From Shipping Ethanol to Improve Oil-By-Rail Safety?

September 14, 2016 | DESMOG | According to information provided to DeSmog by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), from 2010 to 2015 there were seven accidents involving ethanol train derailments; half as many as the 14 accidents with oil trains. This lower number of accidents for ethanol trains is despite the fact that more ethanol was […]

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Train derailment cause still unknown

Train derailment cause still unknown

August 23, 2016 | Denton RC | Railroad officials still aren’t sure what caused a Union Pacific freight train to derail off a bridge over Denton Creek on Sunday, sending tons of Wyoming coal bound for Central Texas power plants onto creek banks and into the water. Whether a bridge failure triggered the derailment or […]

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