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NY comptroller urges more insurance for rail oil spills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state’s comptroller is urging federal authorities to strengthen safety measures against oil spills and require trains to carry sufficient insurance to cover cleanup costs from major accidents. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is administrator of New York’s Oil Spill Fund. He cites a U.S. Transportation Department finding that oil shippers and rail companies carry insurance that ...

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Report: Oil train safety violations should be prosecuted

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil for criminal prosecution. A report by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general also says the Federal Railroad Administration doesn’t have a complete understanding of the risks involving more than 400,000 tank cars of oil shipped across the ...

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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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Derailments bring safety worries to the fore

Sarah Zarling has become a close watcher of oil trains since February, when she realized her Watertown, Wis., house was in the blast zone if a train derailed and caught fire. So when an oil train passed through town Sunday afternoon she prepared to report it to a national network of activists pushing for stricter railway regulations that are keeping ...

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Audit finds railroad safety lacking during high oil traffic

HELENA, Mont. — Montana’s oversight of railroad safety falls short at a time when volatile crude oil train traffic from the Bakken region, already high, is only expected to increase, a new audit found. Montana has no active rail safety plan and employs only two inspectors to cover the vast state, the Montana Legislative Audit Division report released Wednesday said. ...

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