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Oil train risks affect many U.S. schools, group says

HOUSTON – Thousands of U.S. schools sit along rail corridors used to carry toxic substances such as crude oil and would be at risk in the event of a derailment, an environmental group said on Tuesday as it called for a temporary halt on oil trains. ForestEthics said its analysis of U.S. Department of Education data show nearly 15,000 schools ...

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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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States step up scrutiny of oil train shipments

When it comes to regulating railroads, states usually let the federal government determine policy. But mounting concerns about the safety of oil trains are making states bolder. In recent months, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington state have taken steps to strengthen oversight of the freight rail industry. The three join several other states — mostly led by Democrats — in policing ...

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Explosions put Bakken crude oil on state rail radar

About 18 months ago, Minnesota safety experts noted the heavily publicized explosions of trains carrying crude oil from the North Dakota Bakken formation through other states and Canada and realized many of those trains were coming through this state. That led to more training for firefighters and other first responders, including in several towns in this region. Because of the ...

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Judge rules Md. must release crude oil shipment information

A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ruled that the information railroads submit to the state about the volume and frequency of their crude oil shipments is public. The decision Friday rejects efforts by CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway, the two major eastern railroads, to block the Maryland Department of the Environment from releasing the information, which includes rail ...

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U.S. sets new final rule on oil, ethanol trains

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday released a new regulation intended to prevent explosive rail disasters such as the 2013 oil train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The new rule by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires two qualified railroad employees to ensure that handbrakes and other safety equipment have been properly set ...

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