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Hoeven disappointed US rules for oil railcars not likely before 2015

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By: Kyle Potter, INFORUM WASHINGTON – New regulations to upgrade or replace thousands of tank cars prone to punctures and explosions similar to what happened in the fiery Casselton, N.D., train crash won’t be coming as soon as lawmakers and industry groups hoped. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven said last week it would be weeks – not months – before federal ...

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Two derailed oil cars on Canada train likely type vulnerable to leaks, explosions

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By: Solarina Ho and Randall Palmer, Reuters TORONTO – Some of the crude-oil tanker cars on the Canadian National Railway train that derailed and caught fire in New Brunswick on Tuesday appear to be of an older type that regulators have warned is vulnerable to leaks and explosions. Of the five crude tank cars that derailed, two were older DOT-111 models, ...

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Harold Hamm fires back after call to slow oil development after train crash, explosion

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By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM WILLISTON, N.D. – Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm fired back this week to comments made by the chairman of North Dakota’s Republican Party calling for the oil industry to take a “moderated approach” to development. Hamm, whose company was a pioneer in the use of horizontal drilling that fueled the Bakken oil boom, said ...

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911 calls from Casselton train derailment show crew member first reported his train carried ethanol

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By: Helmut Schmidt FARGO – Emergency 911 calls indicate at least one member of the crew involved in the Dec. 30 train derailment and explosion west of Casselton thought the train was carrying ethanol instead of highly combustible Bakken crude oil. Another railroad worker shortly after the accident told dispatchers he was worried the derailed cars could explode, and sought permission ...

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Canadian oil train derails, burns after brakes activated

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Wed Jan 8, 2014 12:05pm EST By Solarina Ho TORONTO Jan 8 (Reuters) – A Canadian National Railway train carrying crude oil and propane derailed and caught fire after the emergency brakes were activated, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada said on Wednesday. TSB spokesman John Cottreau said the derailment late on Tuesday included propane tankers, crude tankers, a ...

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Former ND governor calls for new railroad rules

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota governor and Casselton native George Sinner said Wednesday that the derailment of crude oil tankers outside his hometown shows the “ridiculous threat” to communities across the state and elsewhere. The accident happened when a train carrying soybeans derailed in front of a BNSF Railway oil train, causing that train to also derail and ...

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Train carrying crude oil derails, catches fire in Canadian province

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By: Solarina Ho A train carrying propane and crude oil has derailed in northwest New Brunswick, Canada, causing a fire and the evacuation of local residents but there were no reports of injuries, according to local officials and the railroad. The Canadian National Railway train, which carried “dangerous goods” including propane and crude oil, derailed near the village of Plaster Rock ...

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North Dakota Republican asks for oil slowdown

A prominent North Dakota Republican has called for a slowdown in the state’s oil production boom following the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil on Monday. Robert Harms, chairman of North Dakota’s Republican party and an energy industry consultant, told Reuters on Thursday that a “moderated approach” was needed amid an energy boom that has transformed the ...

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Column: Fireballs jeopardize oil-by-rail business

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LONDON – The rising number of serious accidents involving oil tank cars over the past 12 months suggests that shippers are underestimating the safety risk of transporting crude by rail. If the industry and regulators do not resolve these issues promptly, it is only a matter of time before a major disaster occurs in the United States. The resulting political ...

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More training needed on train derailment disaster scenario

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FARGO – In early November, city officials here faced a sobering but hypothetical emergency response drill: What would happen if an oil train derailed in the heart of Fargo? Following the fiery train derailment and explosion near Casselton on Monday, many in the metro area are wondering what would transpire if the “what-if” scenario became reality. It’s something local emergency ...

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