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Feds warn railroads to comply with oil train notification requirement

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation has warned railroads that they must continue to notify states of large crude oil shipments after several states reported not getting updated information for as long as a year. The department imposed the requirement in May 2014 following a series of fiery oil train derailments. It was designed to help state and local ...

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Crude oil train derails in rural northeastern Montana

CULBERTSON, Mont. — An oil train derailed Thursday in rural northeastern Montana, prompting the evacuation of some homes and leaving at least two of the cars leaking crude, authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injury or fire, but of the 21 cars that derailed only two remained upright, Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said. Burlington Northern Santa Fe ...

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Canada eyes impact of long oil trains on railway track integrity

TORONTO – Canadian officials are studying the impact of long oil trains on the integrity of the country’s railway tracks, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Friday. Raitt said the research is part of the federal transport department’s response to a series of derailments along Canadian National Railway Co’s mainline in northern Ontario earlier this year. “We’re looking at oil ...

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CSX to hold public meeting on oil train derailment cleanup

MONTGOMERY — Five months after the CSX oil train derailment in Mount Carbon, the railroad will hold a “public availability session” later this month to discuss past, current and future cleanup efforts. According to information provided by the railroad, CSX remains in Phase I of a two-phase cleanup plan. This part focuses on short-term remediation efforts with the goal of ...

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Environmental groups hold vigil for Lac-Megantic train explosion victims

PORTLAND, Maine — As church bells rang in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic to mark the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 48 people, climate change activists in Maine held vigils around the state expressing concern about the potential for a future disaster. The state-level arm of international climate change group 350.org and the Sierra Club held ...

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New federal regulations on oil tank-car trains face challenges

The U.S. railroad industry, several environmental groups and two Chicago suburbs are challenging the federal government’s recently unveiled regulations intended to enhance the safety of milelong trains carrying volatile crude oil, dozens of which pass through the metro area each week. The organizations, along with the city of Aurora and the village of Barrington, contend that the regulations announced May ...

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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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Oil train disaster settlement fund reaches $345 million

PORTLAND, Maine — The compensation fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in a small town in Quebec has grown to $345 million with a contribution from the company that owned the shipment. Officials say World Fuel Services Corp. agreed to contribute $110 million. Much of downtown Lac Megantic (lak meh-GAHN’-tik’) was destroyed after ...

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