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Told to fix leaky oil train cars in 2 months, owners sought 3 years

WASHINGTON — Railroad tank cars equipped with defective valves still will be allowed to transport crude oil and other hazardous materials through the end of the year, despite a March directive from federal regulators requiring their replacement within 60 days. The Federal Railroad Administration order followed a Bellingham (Wash.) Herald story about a leaking oil train reported in Washington state ...

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Minneapolis neighborhood roiled by railroad plan

MINNEAPOLIS — A quiet Minneapolis neighborhood has been roiled by the BNSF Railway’s sudden plan to expand its track system. The railroad plans to lay track closer to houses while leveling a thick tree buffer that once shielded residents from the 92 trains that pass through daily, including several that carry crude oil. BNSF is doing it to alleviate rail ...

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Northeast Minneapolis neighbors surprised, angered by BNSF’s rail expansion

A quiet street in northeast Minneapolis has been upended by BNSF Railway’s sudden plans to expand its tracks closer to houses there, simultaneously leveling a thick tree buffer that once shielded residents from the 92 trains — several carrying crude oil — that pass through every day. It has grown even more unsettling for some residents who returned home last ...

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Bill aims to upgrade safety for materials sent by rail

MIAMISBURG — Chemical toxins such as chlorine gas, radioactive material or explosive crude oil hauled in puncture-prone train cars pass through the region virtually every day, yet authorities — including first-responders — are given little information about what deadly loads are in their midst. Usually, these materials travel without incident, but when they do not — when an accidental spill ...

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AP survey: How cities are handling surge in oil trains

Mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of crude have become a common sight in cities around the U.S., raising concern about the possibility of a catastrophic derailment near crowded neighborhoods or critical infrastructure. In the wake of a half-dozen fiery crashes this year, The Associated Press surveyed nearly a dozen cities with populations of more than 250,000 to gauge how ...

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BNSF: Court order could disrupt economy

BNSF Railway says a temporary court injunction against use of its new track through the La Crosse River marsh would damage the railroad and disrupt the economy of the northern part of the country. In documents filed this week, attorneys for BNSF challenge an order issued earlier this month by La Crosse County Circuit Judge Scott Horne, which allowed the ...

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In reversal, abundant grain trains available for harvest

STERLING, N.D. — The grain elevator that towers over this small prairie town has been humming with workers loading crops onto rail cars destined for domestic and worldwide markets. It’s a welcome sight in Sterling, North Dakota, and across the upper Great Plains, where in the past two years grain elevators overflowed and mountains of wheat, corn, soybeans and other ...

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