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An Open Letter to Warren Buffett: Put Public Safety Before Profit and Prioritize Oil Train Regulation

Mike O'Brien | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Mike O'Brien

One year ago this week, an oil train passing through Seattle ran off the tracks underneath the Magnolia Bridge, derailing three of its 100 tank cars carrying Bakken crude oil from North Dakota.

Oversights and Omissions in Federal Review of Another Rail Spur for Montana Coal

Carrie La Seur | Posted 06.16.2016 | Business
Carrie La Seur

A draft environment impact statement that came out a few weeks ago on a proposed 40-mile-long coal-car railroad spur in southeastern Montana is at once both enlightened and shockingly ill-informed.

BNSF Challenges Lawsuit From Engineer Who Ran For His Life From Exploding Oil "Bomb Train"

Steve Horn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has responded defensively to the oil-by-rail lawsuit filed by former BNSF locomotive engineer Bryan Thompson, a case recently reported on by DeSmogBlog.

BNSF Engineer Who Manned Exploding North Dakota "Bomb Train" Sues Former Employer

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) employee who worked as a locomotive engineer on the company's oil-by-rail train that exploded in rural Casselton, North Dakota in December 2013 has sued his former employer.

Why Vetoing Keystone XL Isn't Nearly Enough

Carrie La Seur | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics
Carrie La Seur

The crazy idea that a corporation should be able to force its pipeline, railroad, or other infrastructure for private profit onto an unwilling landowner when no meaningful public good will result is just that: crazy talk. Property rights should mean something.

Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

Steve Horn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.

Rail CEOs to Investors: "Bomb Trains" Safe At Almost Any Speed

Steve Horn | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogBurlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) recently said it would proceed with plans to increase speeds for oil-by-rail unit trai...

Dairyland to Petrostate: Wisconsin Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

Steve Horn | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

DeSmogBlog is publishing the first documents ever obtained from the Wisconsin government revealing routes for oil-by-rail trains in the state carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale basin.

North Dakota Oil-By-Rail Routes Published for First Time

Steve Horn | Posted 08.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Time around, due to the North Dakota Public Records Statute, Big Rail and Big Oil didn't get away with it.

White House Meeting Logs: Big Rail Lobbying Against 'Bomb Train' Regulations It Publicly Touts

Steve Horn | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Big Rail has talked a big game to the public about its desire for increased safety measures for its trains carrying oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the Bakken Shale. What happens behind closed doors, the meeting logs show, tells another story.

Explosive Virginia Train Carried Fracked Bakken Oil, Headed to Potential Export Facility

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

What the industry and oil-soaked politicians are unlikely to discuss, though, is the Plains All American connection to Keystone XL. That connection comes in the form of Cushing, Oklahoma, home of another key Plains crude oil holding facility.

Days Before Casselton Oil Train Explosion, Obama Signed Bill Hastening Fracking Permits on ND Public Lands

Steve Horn | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

On December 20, both chambers of the U.S. Congress passed a little-noticed bill to expedite permitting for hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") on public lands in the Bakken Shale basin, located predominantly in North Dakota.

Warren Buffett Buys Stake in Pipeline Company on Same Day as North Dakota Oil Train Explosion

Steve Horn | Posted 03.04.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

On the same day a BNSF oil train derailed and exploded in Casselton, North Dakota, Warren Buffett -- owner of holding company giant Berkshire Hathaway, which owns BNSF -- bought a major stake in pipeline logistics company Phillips Specialty Products Inc.

Watch What Happens Next

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 12.20.2012 | Green

Nobody was hurt in a mudslide in Everett, Wash., that derailed seven cars of a train on Monday. But the accident made for dramatic viewing. Cell ph...

Buffett's Berkshire Makes Big Bet On Lubricants Company

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BANGALORE: Billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc agreed to buy lubricants maker Lubrizol Corp for $9 billion to tap rising demand for ch...

WATCH: Buffett Wants To Add American Companies To His 'Zoo'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Over the weekend, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett wrote to shareholders saying he had reloaded his "elephant gun" and that his "trigger finger" ...