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Anger as trains resume after Oregon derailment, fire

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MOSIER, Ore. (AP) — Local politicians and residents reacted with shock and anger Monday as Union Pacific began running trains through this tiny Columbia River Gorge town just three days after a fiery derailment forced residents to evacuate and water and sewage systems to shut down. Residents shot video from an overpass of trains sliding past crumpled and burnt oil ...

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Armed with proof of oil shipments, activists say they will press the issue

CSX Transportation said Thursday it still moves crude oil by train through Maryland via downtown Baltimore occasionally, but not as many as the five 1 million-gallon trains a week it estimated in documents released this week by the state. Environmental groups and community activists said they hope the new disclosure about trains carrying the explosive crude though the city will ...

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Trains difficult to hear, railroad spokesman warns

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WARRENSBURG – A coal train struck and killed a pedestrian around 9:10 a.m. Friday just west of Warrensburg, near 301st Road. The Missouri Highway Patrol identified the man killed as Joseph M. Johnson, 29, Warrensburg. “(The) crash occurred when (a) Union Pacific train was westbound and the engineer observed (a) pedestrian sitting on the tracks and attempted to stop the ...

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Study: more to do as oil trains pose new risks

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SEATTLE — A state study says the increase in crude oil shipments by rail is creating new risks and will require increased safety measures and improved oil spill response and prevention. Even as more trains carry volatile shipments of crude oil into the state, nearly 60 percent of first responders say they don’t have sufficient training or resources to handle ...

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Rail safety vote nears

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ALBANY – A vote by three men in the capital of North Dakota on Thursday could make thousands of massive crude oil trains crossing the U.S. on the way to Albany and other coastal ports a bit safer. The North Dakota Industrial Commission moved to require oil companies in its Bakken oil fields remove the most flammable components from crude ...

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Cities struggle to address oil trains without any authority

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Depending on who you ask, oil trains fall somewhere between rolling time bombs with the potential to lay waste to our entire region and being just one more line item on an already long list of dangerous chemicals lumbering down the tracks toward economic prosperity and energy independence. Still, many across the spectrum worry about the consequences of unprecedentedly long ...

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