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States, feds keep train-derailment reports from public

Workers inspect railroad tank cars damaged in a derailment near Alma, Wis., on Nov. 8, 2015. (Image courtesy of the U.S. EPA)

Information that state and federal government agencies collect about train derailments, particularly those that cause crude-oil spills, is hard to find. Huge amounts of data about collisions, derailments and other accidents that happen along railroads in the United States are collected every year. Some of it is compiled by the industry and distributed directly to the public upon request. But ...

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Maine stops providing details of oil by rail shipments to public

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine will no longer disclose to the public any details about shipments of crude oil by rail through the state, an official said on Wednesday, a move that has angered activists who say the information is critical to public safety. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday declined a reporter’s request for monthly volumes of crude ...

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Speed rules didn’t apply to train in ethanol spill

WASHINGTON — The train that derailed earlier this month in Wisconsin and spilled 20,000 gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River didn’t have a sufficient number of cars carrying flammable liquids to meet lower federal speed requirements The government set the new requirements this year in response to safety concerns about transporting crude oil by rail. According to railroad shipping ...

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6 North Dakota airports getting federal funds for upgrades

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s congressional delegation says six western North Dakota airports are getting nearly $10 million for improvements. The money from the U.S. Department of Transportation is slated for airports in Williston, Stanley, Tioga, Garrison, Dickinson and Mercer County. The Tioga airport is getting the bulk of the money, with $5 million slated for construction of a taxiway ...

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North Dakota agency to receive $10K federal grant

BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Public Service Commission has been awarded a $10,000 grant to promote safe digging practices across the state. Rep. Kevin Cramer announced the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration on Wednesday. The funds will be used to support a billboard advertising campaign encouraging North Dakota residents to utilize ...

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Safety concerns grow along paths of oil tanker train traffic


A growing tide of crude oil is being shipped by railroads through Wisconsin, including Milwaukee, at a time when the industry is coming under closer scrutiny because of safety concerns. Four freight trains carrying crude oil have crashed and burned in the United States and Canada since mid-February. In one accident on March 5, a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway ...

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Oil-by-rail shipments are playing Russian roulette: Kemp

John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own LONDON – Train derailments involving crude oil and ethanol in the United States will cost more than $18 billion over the next 20 years, according to an assessment by the U.S. Department of Transportation. USDOT forecasts there will be just over 200 derailments involving trains carrying 20 ...

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Bakken crude oil rolls over Ohio rails

Railroad oil car

Millions of gallons of some of the most volatile crude oil in North America are being transported on rail lines through Ohio each week, according to reports that the state had kept secret until this week. The railroad-company reports show that 45 million to 137 million gallons of Bakken crude oil come through Ohio each week from North Dakota oil ...

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Yellowstone oil spills fuel arguments over Keystone line

BILLINGS, Mont. — Oil pipeline accidents have become increasingly frequent in the U.S. as Congress pushes for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline — a project that would pass near the spot where 30,000 gallons of crude spilled into Montana’s Yellowstone River earlier this month. The recent spill temporarily fouled a city’s water supply and became the latest in a ...

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Oil by rail may soon face tanker shortages

Increasingly stringent rules for shipping crude oil by rail may soon cause Bakken oil producers to spend more on oil transportation, according to report by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Recently, the U.S. Department of Transportation mandated that rail cars transporting flammable liquids be subject to higher safety standards. Regulators in North Dakota also recently increased shipping safety standards after ...

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