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Editorial: Menace of oil trains is everywhere

After “fracking” and horizontal drilling unleashed North Dakota’s Bakken Shale boom a few years ago, crude oil shipments in railway tank cars to refineries skyrocketed. Oil trains soared from 9,500 in 2008 to 400,000 in 2013. Railroad profits from oil-hauling jumped from $26 million to $2 billion yearly. Danger from these shipments also soared. Tank cars exploded in a small ...

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Oil train ablaze in W.Va. passed safely in Ohio

DEFIANCE – About 27 hours before it derailed and burned in southern West Virginia, a CSX Transportation train loaded with more than 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil headed for Virginia rolled without incident through this northwest Ohio city. Its trip took it through Holgate, North Baltimore, and several smaller towns before it made a slow turn to ...

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White House considering oil train safety upgrades

The oil train that exploded in West Virginia met the industry’s voluntary 2011 safety standards, but a growing number of accidents has the Obama administration considering tougher rules for tank cars. A look at what’s rolling on U.S. rails: OLDER TANK CARS “Legacy” tank cars have a shell that is seven-sixteenths of an inch thick, and no shields to protect ...

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Minnesota study finds more preparation needed for oil disasters

Minnesota firefighters and other first responders are not fully prepared for oil train and pipeline disasters, and better training and coordination is needed, says a state report released Thursday. But the study by the state Department of Public Safety cautioned that oil spill hazards are “one of many risks” facing the state. Other threats — ranging from tornadoes to nuclear ...

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Enbridge considers oil train line from Cushing


CUSHING, Okla. — A company that stores more than 20 million barrels at the Cushing crude oil hub is considering construction of a rail line from the town. The Journal Record newspaper of Oklahoma City reported Tuesday that Enbridge Energy Partners would work with Savage Services to operate a 120,000-barrel-per-day facility. Watco Cos. of Pittsburg, Kansas, would provide the rail line. ...

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Rail oil tankers, victim of U.S. safety rules, also unwanted in Canada

Patrick Rucker Nia Williams WASHINGTON/CALGARY (Reuters) – Thousands of oil train tankers soon to be deemed obsolete in the United States are unlikely get a second life in Canada’s oil sands industry, undercutting a U.S. government forecast that the costly cars will continue in use in the energy sector. If thousands of obsolete tank cars are scrapped, it could add ...

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Pa. counties still waiting on oil train data


Shane Thielges | Shale Plays Media At least four Pennsylvania counties have not received information on oil train traffic from rail companies, despite a federal mandate. The Sacramento Bee reports that Cambria, Lebanon, Westmoreland and Delaware counties are still waiting on reports detailing how many crude-oil bearing trains pass through their borders. Ruth Miller, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Emergency ...

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AP obtains oil train traffic info


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Oil train route and amount disclosure have contributed to an ongoing battle between the states and the train companies for months now. As reported yesterday, this shipment information is beginning to slip out into the public eye.  Today the Associated Press announced that they have obtained information on the records of oil train shipment ...

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