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New York State AG pushes for oil train restriction

TICONDEROGA — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants a federal agency to close a loophole that he says allows highly flammable crude oil to be shipped by rail. He filed a petition for rulemaking this week with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that would require all crude oil transported by rail in the United States to achieve ...

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Train safety provisions included in U.S. transportation bill

The mammoth five-year federal transportation bill that lawmakers hope to send to President Barack Obama early next week includes provisions, championed by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), that would require railroads to share critical safety information with local communities. “This legislation provides the transparency we’ve been begging and asking Canadian Pacific railroad for,” Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy said during ...

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Rail safety fight rolls into election politics

Freight rail companies have enjoyed a surge in profits in recent years, thanks in part to the Bakken oil boom. But the profits have come with new political peril, as elected officials — on the DFL side especially — have taken up the cause of oil train safety with gusto. Some 326,000 Minnesotans live within a half mile of freight ...

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Washington shaping new rules to guide oil transport

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State regulators are working on new rules that will guide the transportation of crude oil across Washington state. The Department of Ecology is developing a rule that will require facilities to give the state advance weekly notice about crude oil shipments they receive. Pipelines would be required to provide biannual notice. The agency is also figuring out ...

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Ecology working on rules for movement of oil

The state Department of Ecology is developing new rules for transporting oil by train and pipeline. The changes could require companies moving oil through the state to improve accident response plans and provide advanced notice about the movement of oil. The changes could go into effect as early as 2016. The rules will be a first step in implementing the ...

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Editorial: It’s time lawmakers get rail safety on track

Janesville residents should appreciate that trains rolling through the Five Points intersection on the west edge of downtown don’t carry volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and Montana. However, they do carry ethanol from Milton’s factory. They carry anhydrous ammonia used on farms and many volatile, flammable, toxic and corrosive chemicals local industries need. Residents also should take comfort ...

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Editorial: Boost rail safety before luck runs out

When it comes to rail safety, we shouldn’t have to count on luck. The derailment upriver more than a week ago could have been much, much worse. Frankly, it was bad enough. A derailed BNSF Railway freight train dumped as much as 20,000 gallons of ethanol in Mississippi River backwaters near Alma. There was no explosion. So far, no significant ...

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‘We dodged a bullet’

ALMA, Wis. — There were no injuries and so far no signs of environmental damage after a freight train carrying ethanol went off the tracks Saturday, but state and federal officials are calling for better regulation and safety measures in the wake of two Wisconsin derailments in as many days. “This is probably a great example of an incident where ...

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Crews work to clear up after 2 Wisconsin train derailments

WATERTOWN, Wis. — Crews worked Monday to clear freight cars from rail tracks and contain spilled crude oil and chemicals after two trains derailed in Wisconsin about 200 miles apart over the weekend. More than a dozen cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway train loaded with crude oil jumped the tracks in Watertown on Sunday afternoon, puncturing one car that ...

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