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Oil Trains Too Fast, New Safety Rules Too Slow

Todd Paglia | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Todd Paglia

In the first three months of 2015 four oil train accidents sent emergency responders scrambling, crude oil spilling into drinking water supplies, and fireballs blasting into the sky.

Canada To Propose Tougher Oil Tank Car Standards

AP | ROB GILLIES and JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green

TORONTO (AP) — The Canadian government has proposed tough new standards for rail tank cars used to transport crude oil in response to a string of fi...

Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 "Bomb Train" Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll

Steve Horn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Oil, Rail Industries Want 7 Years To Fix Tank Cars

AP | By JOAN LOWY | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil and railroad industries are urging federal regulators to allow them as long as seven years to upgrade existing tank cars t...

New Safety Rules Proposed To Curb Oil Train Fires

AP | Posted 09.22.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to a series of fiery train crashes, the government proposed rules Wednesday that would phase out tens of thousands of o...

Fossil Fuel Transport Leads to a Crude Awakening

Marc Yaggi | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Marc Yaggi

The railways need to learn from the Exxon Valdez spill and put in place preventive measures to protect the environment before we see the rail equivalent of a Valdez disaster.

Enviro Groups Want An End To Crude Oil Transport By Rail

Ned Sullivan | Posted 07.02.2014 | Green
Ned Sullivan

A surge in the volume of crude oil transported across the U.S. -- and down the Hudson River, where our two organizations are engaged in protecting irreplaceable natural resources -- has greatly increased the likelihood of serious accidents.

Rail Cars Used To Ship Oil Called 'Unacceptable'

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 02.27.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rail tank cars being used to ship crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region are an "unacceptable public risk," and even cars vol...

Investigation: Oil Train Risks Were Known Before Crashes

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

Several recent deadly and destructive derailments have drawn greater attention to using railroads to ship crude oil, but a new NBC News investigation ...

Derailed Canada Oil Train May Have Had Troubled Class Of Rail Cars

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2014 | Green

By Solarina Ho and Patrick Rucker TORONTO/WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Political pressure to quickly improve the safety of crude oil ...