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Baldwin, other senators urge stronger disclosure on Bakken trains

Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin joined a cadre of other Democratic senators Thursday in calling on the federal Department of Transportation to enact stronger disclosure requirements on railroads shipping volatile Bakken crude oil. “The unsafe movement of crude-by-rail is a threat to communities across the country,” the senators wrote in a letter DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. The letter was released as members ...

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Oil cleanup underway at site of train derailment at Heimdal

BISMARCK, N.D. — BNSF Railway crews are removing the remaining oil from tank cars that derailed and caught fire near Heimdal (HYM’-dahl). The six cars that burned after the Wednesday morning wreck were carrying about 180,000 gallons of oil. Officials don’t immediately know how much burned and how much was left in the cars once the fire was out late ...

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Regulators toughen safety standards for rail cars carrying Bakken crude

WASHINGTON — U.S. and Canadian transportation officials on Friday announced stricter safety standards for train cars hauling Bakken crude oil across Minnesota. The new rules come as rare but catastrophic derailments of trains carrying highly flammable Bakken crude have led to explosions and oil spills in Canada, North Dakota, West Virginia and Illinois. The 2013 Canadian accident at Lac-Mégantic killed ...

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Investigators release records of fiery Casselton derailment

Federal investigators have released hundreds of pages of records that offer new insight into the moments just before and after a 2013 oil train derailment near Casselton, North Dakota, that created a massive fire and forced 1,400 people to evacuate for several days. Interviews with the BNSF Railway workers operating the two trains in the derailment are included in documents ...

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Oil trains put local emergency officials on alert

“Fire service agencies across Washington State report a lack of available fire suppressant foam trucks and trailers and support equipment such as high capacity/volume pump capability, air monitoring equipment (carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and benzene), oil spill response equipment and training to respond safely and effectively in the event of a crude oil derailment and fire.” “There is a need ...

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Swinomish sue to get Bakken oil trains off tribal lands

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community on Tuesday went to federal court to block BNSF Railway from sending 100-car oil trains through reservation lands, claiming the company is violating an easement that sharply restricts rail traffic. The easement signed by the railway’s predecessor company in 1991 permits only two trains a day of 25 cars or less from transiting the reservation. ...

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Reroute oil trains? History suggests it’s a long shot

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WASHINGTON — Last week, U.S. Sen. Al Franken asked the Federal Railroad Administration to consider rerouting trains carrying volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota so they do not pass through Minnesota’s biggest cities. For Franken, the possibility of rerouting is an integral part of a comprehensive response to a recent rash of fiery oil train derailments that also includes ...

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Lawmakers point to accidents to make case for rail upgrades

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Democratic lawmakers say a string of recent explosive crude-by-rail derailments nationwide make it necessary to improve Minnesota’s railroad network. Five trains hauling crude oil have derailed since February. Sen. Scott Dibble, a Minneapolis Democrat, says it’s “sheer dumb luck” no similar accidents have happened in Minnesota. Seven or more trains haul North Dakota crude across the ...

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