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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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Lac-Megantic settlement fund ready for distribution

Mourners walk the perimeter of the red zone as rescue workers line the streets following a memorial service to honour the victims of the train derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

PORTLAND, Maine — The massive settlement fund for the families of 48 people killed in the July 2013 Lac-Megantic oil train explosion has been transferred into a trust and will go to victims’ families early next year. The bankruptcy trustee for the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway and the official overseeing bankruptcy proceedings in Canada announced late Tuesday that the ...

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U.S. sets new final rule on oil, ethanol trains

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Wednesday released a new regulation intended to prevent explosive rail disasters such as the 2013 oil train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed part of Lac-Megantic, Quebec. The new rule by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requires two qualified railroad employees to ensure that handbrakes and other safety equipment have been properly set ...

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Environmental groups hold vigil for Lac-Megantic train explosion victims

PORTLAND, Maine — As church bells rang in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic to mark the two-year anniversary of the oil train derailment that killed 48 people, climate change activists in Maine held vigils around the state expressing concern about the potential for a future disaster. The state-level arm of international climate change group 350.org and the Sierra Club held ...

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