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Derailed CSX train in Va. carried Bakken oil; over 800 barrels spilled

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LYNCHBURG, Virginia (Reuters)- The CSX Corp train that derailed and erupted in flames in Lynchburg, Virginia, was carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale in North Dakota, the kind of oil involved in several other fiery derailments over the last few months, the railroad said on Thursday. On Wednesday afternoon, some 15 cars derailed, several of which erupted in flames. ...

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Train derails and explodes in Lynchburg, Va.

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Authorities were evacuating numerous buildings Wednesday afternoon after several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed in downtown Lynchburg, Va., and caught fire along the James River, city officials said. The city of Lynchburg on its website posted that the fire department was on the scene and urged motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area. It ...

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Study of oil from deadly derailment points to Bakken crude’s volatility; more research is on the way

By Amy Dalrymple, Forum Communications WILLISTON — On July 6 last year, a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota to a refinery in eastern Canada was left parked on a hillside in Quebec. It rolled backward down the hill, derailing and crashing into a small town, with rail cars bursting into flames, killing 47 people. While investigators pointed early on ...

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Casselton fire chief set to testify to Congress

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FARGO, N.D. — The fire chief of an eastern North Dakota town who led the response to a fiery train derailment is scheduled to testify before Congress. Casselton Fire Chief Tim McLean has been invited by North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp to speak before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee about training programs for first responders. The derailment ...

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Maine railroad in deadly Canada derailment sold

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By DAVID SHARP Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — A railroad that went bankrupt after a fiery oil train derailment killed 47 people last summer in Canada was sold at auction Tuesday to a subsidiary of a New York City-based investment management company. Railroad Acquisitions LLC, a subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group, won the closed-door bidding for Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, ...

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Dalrymple says new standards for railcars needed sooner than 2015

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Provisional safety standards for railcars carrying crude oil are needed as soon as possible, not next year as the U.S. Department of Transportation expects, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple said in an interview on Tuesday. While Dalrymple has little power over federal regulators, his bully pulpit as head of the second-largest oil-producing state carries much weight ...

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Train hauling crude oil derails on Philadelphia bridge

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By Dave Warner PHILADELPHIA Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:10pm EST PHILADELPHIA Jan 20 (Reuters) – A freight train carrying crude oil derailed on Monday on a railroad bridge in Philadelphia, forcing the closing of the busy Schuylkill Expressway, authorities said. Nothing leaked in the derailment which occurred about 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT) near the Schuylkill River, the U.S. Coast ...

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