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Cities turn to local action to block oil trains

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SEATTLE (AP) — As crude oil trains began rolling through its downtown a few years ago, Spokane was among the first cities to pass a resolution calling for stronger federal safety regulations. But when a mile-long train derailed in the scenic Columbia River Gorge along the Oregon-Washington border last month — after earlier passing through this major railroad hub in ...

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Quebec town ravaged by train fire wants rail to bypass it

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LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — A runaway oil train brought death and destruction to this tiny community in Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying dozens of buildings. Three years later, trains still roll through downtown, just feet from restaurants and shops. Residents who see them as a haunting reminder of the conflagration want trains re-routed around the town, and a ...

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NY Sen. Schumer: Make oil safer before train shipments

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer says oil companies should be required to make their crude less dangerous to transport before loading it onto trains. The Democrat said Wednesday that much of the oil being shipped via train can be rendered less hazardous by removing flammable gasses first. Oil coming from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation is considered more ...

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Oil train protesters briefly disrupt Obama speech

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SEATTLE (AP) — Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle on Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the trains. The president responded, cupping his ear to hear better and then saying he ...

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Oregon officials want a hold on oil trains after derailment


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fiery derailment of an oil train in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge has state transportation officials asking for a halt to the massive trains because of concerns their heavier weight could be putting extra strain on a certain type of bolt that fastens the rails to the tracks. The Oregon Department of Transportation discussed its concerns ...

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How to implode an oil train tanker (VIDEO)

If an oil tanker is on the path to destruction, it usually meets its end after a derailment and the [possible] subsequent explosions. But what it would take to make one implode? In their usual tongue in cheek, “don’t try this at home” fashion, the team on the Discovery Channel’s MythBusters recently took on the challenge of destroying an oil ...

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BNSF fined for tardy reporting of spills along railway

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state regulators have fined BNSF Railway $71,700 for tardy reporting of crude oil leaks and other hazardous material spills along the state’s railway. The Utilities and Transportation Commission on Monday approved a settlement agreement between the railroad and its staff. But the UTC removed a provision that would have suspended $40,000 of the penalty if the ...

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