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Emergency officials want more firefighting foam

MADISON, Wis. — An increase in crude oil traveling by rail through Wisconsin has prompted first responders to seek more firefighting foam so they’re better prepared for the possibility of a major train derailment. The state’s top emergency official says Wisconsin Emergency Management is working to stockpile the expensive material. He hopes to purchase 1,500 gallons of foam and store ...

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5 ‘Raging Grannies’ arrested in anti-Shell protest at Terminal 5

Five members of the Seattle activist group the “Raging Grannies” were arrested by police Tuesday morning during a protest outside Terminal 5. But it wasn’t easy. The women, dressed in long skirts and sun hats and sipping from porcelain teacups, were bound together by so-called “sleeping dragons,” makeshift sleeves constructed with materials designed to make their removal difficult and time-consuming. ...

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Editorial: Push for stronger oil train standards

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., came to La Crosse last week with some common-sense suggestions for improving the safety of oil shipments by rail. Given the stakes, her bill to strengthen safety regulations for oil shipments deserves approval. The senator mentioned the 4,000 percent increase in oil-by-rail shipments in the United States between 2008 and 2014, and noted that there ...

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Railroads required to plan for a worst-case oil train spill in Washington state

Under a new state law signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday, May 14, large railroads will be required to plan with the state for “worst-case spills” from crude oil unit trains, but exactly what that worst-case scenario looks like is not yet clear. The law requires railroads to plan for the “largest foreseeable spill in adverse weather conditions,” but ...

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Top 5 Bakken stories of the week

Here are the top five stories from Bakken.com for the week of May 9th through May 15th. Enjoy! 5. Amidst an oil boom, North Dakota produces premium caviar North Dakota is known globally not just for prolific oil production, but also, it turns out, for caviar. A distinctly American version of the salty delicacy prized for centuries by Russian czars ...

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Latest ‘bomb train’ incident predictable

BNSF Railway carried the Hess Corp.-owned rail car, which carried highly volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and appears to have followed the law. President Barack Obama weighed and rejected using executive authority to curb the transport of this explosive crude oil, rich in butane and propane, because he decided North Dakota state law should be the controlling authority. ...

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