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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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Evacuation lifted after fire at fracking chemical warehouse

LEETSDALE, Pa. — Workers at a Pennsylvania warehouse were pouring hydraulic fracturing chemicals into a production tank Tuesday when a fire started, forcing residents from more than 70 nearby homes for several hours and injuring several people, emergency and company officials said. Hazardous materials crews moved people living near the warehouse in Leetsdale to a high school gymnasium as a ...

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One dead and three injured in PG&E natural gas line explosion southwest of Bakersfield

One person died and three others were sent to the hospital with second- and third-degree burns Friday afternoon after a natural gas line explosion sent flames hundreds of feet into the air near Houghton and Wible roads southwest of Bakersfield. Flames from the ruptured line could clearly be seen from the top of the City of Bakersfield’s 18th Street parking ...

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Colorado oil and gas spill report for Nov. 15

The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release that may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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OSHA to investigate oilfield accident that injured 1

The oil field accident that left one man seriously injured on Wednesday will be investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said Michele Shield, Corpus Christi assistant area director. The incident occurred at 9:22 a.m. Wednesday south of McFaddin when an oil rig operated by Corpus Christi-based Arrow Drilling Company sustained a blowout. Injured was the derrickman, Fernando Munoz, ...

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‘We dodged a bullet’

ALMA, Wis. — There were no injuries and so far no signs of environmental damage after a freight train carrying ethanol went off the tracks Saturday, but state and federal officials are calling for better regulation and safety measures in the wake of two Wisconsin derailments in as many days. “This is probably a great example of an incident where ...

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Electric vehicles beat gasoline cars in cradle-to-grave emissions study

A cradle-to-grave analysis finds driving an electric car in California creates less greenhouse gas emissions than even the most efficient gasoline vehicle. A car running on electricity — even when powerplant emissions are considered — produces pollution equivalent to a theoretical conventional car with fuel economy of 87 miles per gallon, according to the study, released Thursday by the Union ...

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Crews work to clear up after 2 Wisconsin train derailments

WATERTOWN, Wis. — Crews worked Monday to clear freight cars from rail tracks and contain spilled crude oil and chemicals after two trains derailed in Wisconsin about 200 miles apart over the weekend. More than a dozen cars of a Canadian Pacific Railway train loaded with crude oil jumped the tracks in Watertown on Sunday afternoon, puncturing one car that ...

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Report questions railroad bridge safety, inspection system

OMAHA, Neb. — Two environmental groups say they are worried about the safety of railroad bridges because inspection reports generally aren’t public, and railroads take care of their own bridges. The Waterkeeper Alliance and ForestEthics released a report focused on railroad bridges Tuesday. “The federal standards for rail bridge safety leave far too many loopholes in deference to owners of ...

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