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Railroad workers say long shifts unsafe

Some BNSF Railway employees are sounding the alarm about what they say are unsafe working conditions as a result of long shifts that could lead to extreme fatigue while hauling hazardous materials. According to one BNSF employee who contacted the Pilot, the company has imposed a new method of operation that has employees working 12-hour days, sometimes six to 10 ...

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Recent oil train crashes in the US and Canada

Sweeping regulations to boost the safety of trains transporting crude oil, ethanol and other flammable liquids were announced Friday by U.S. and Canadian officials. The long-awaited regulations are a response to a series of oil train accidents in both countries over the last few years that have resulted in spectacular fires that burned for days. Here are some of those ...

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In compromise, Washington state oil safety legislation focuses on crude-by-rail

OLYMPIA – State lawmakers compromised to pass oil-by-rail safety legislation that requires advanced notice before oil is transferred from rail cars and extends a 4-cent-per-barrel tax to oil moved by rail. The measure that officially passed Friday, April 24, the last day of the regular session, was originally sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, though the final version lacked several ...

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Wolf seeks Obama’s help in boosting oil-train safety

Gov. Wolf on Friday joined a chorus of officials pressuring the federal government to improve oil-train safety, and urged the government to reduce the volatility of North Dakota crude oil, which has been implicated in several recent fiery accidents. The new governor released a letter he wrote to President Obama this week about the increasing rail volumes of crude oil, ...

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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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Second crude oil train safety check finds minor problems

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ALBANY — Three Capital Region rail yards were the latest targets in an ongoing “inspection blitz” touted Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that aims to reduce risks of potential derailments and explosions of massive crude oil trains that are passing through the state. State and federal inspectors hit the sprawling West Albany yard, just south of Interstate 90; the Kenwood ...

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