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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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Report questions railroad bridge safety, inspection system

OMAHA, Neb. — Two environmental groups say they are worried about the safety of railroad bridges because inspection reports generally aren’t public, and railroads take care of their own bridges. The Waterkeeper Alliance and ForestEthics released a report focused on railroad bridges Tuesday. “The federal standards for rail bridge safety leave far too many loopholes in deference to owners of ...

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Wisconsin lawmakers introduce rail safety bill in wake of two derailments

Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced new rail safety legislation after a weekend during which two trains derailed about 200 miles apart in the state, spilling oil and chemicals. Rep. Jill Billings, D-La Crosse, announced Tuesday that she is circulating a bill that would fund more state rail inspectors and training for first responders while requiring railroads to submit emergency prevention and ...

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Editorial: Keystone XL delay is a setback for public safety in Minnesota

The triumphant but misguided e-mail landed in inboxes just hours after the Canadian company pushing to build the Keystone XL pipeline announced it wants the U.S. government to suspend review of the pipeline’s construction permit application. “We made our voices heard that we would stand up to protect our planet for future generations,” trumpeted a Democratic National Committee missive that ...

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Audit finds railroad safety lacking during high oil traffic

HELENA, Mont. — Montana’s oversight of railroad safety falls short at a time when volatile crude oil train traffic from the Bakken region, already high, is only expected to increase, a new audit found. Montana has no active rail safety plan and employs only two inspectors to cover the vast state, the Montana Legislative Audit Division report released Wednesday said. ...

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Does new law on hazardous rail cargo info make Maine safer?

PORTLAND, Maine — Information revealing when, where and how much hazardous material is shipped by rail through Maine became sealed from public view under state law earlier this month, in a move first responders hope will allow them greater access to information about dangerous materials passing through the state. The new exemption to Maine’s Freedom of Access Act — the ...

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Dayton orders swifter inspections of oil rail routes

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton asked state railroad inspectors Thursday to speed up safety inspections of tracks where more oil cars are moving through, a response to marked changes in what routes trains take as they haul millions of gallons of crude across the state. Dayton said those inspections will occur almost a month ahead of schedule ...

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