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Oil by Rail

Labor Day News Dump: FERC Hands Enbridge Permit for Tar Sands by Rail Facility

Steve Horn | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

On the Friday before Labor Day -- in the form of an age-old "Friday News Dump" -- the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) handed a permit to Enbridge, the tar sands-carrying corporate pipeline giant, to open a tar sands-by-rail facility in Flanagan, Ill. by early-2016.

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

Steve Horn | Posted 08.20.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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...

State Department's Real Errors in Keystone XL Review

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 08.01.2014 | Green
Stephen Kretzmann

Why is the State Department seemingly so convinced of the inevitability of tar sands by rail when oil traders themselves are much more cautious?

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.

Industry Data: Oil-By-Rail in North America Moving at Record Levels

Steve Horn | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

For the 26th week of 2014 (the half year point) in the U.S., 18.5% more tank cars were on the tracks carrying petroleum and/or petroleum products than last year, a total of 15,894 cars.

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.

California Needs Major Update To Oil Train Spill Preparedness

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO, June 10 (Reuters) - California needs more safety inspections, better emergency response capabilities, a...

State Department Corrects Keystone XL Study

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Friday corrected several errors it made in a key study ...

U.S. Energy Boom Is Taking A Toll On Midwestern Farmers, Travelers

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Midwestern farmers and Amtrak passengers are among those being hurt by rail congestion caused in part by an energy ...

Railroads Agree To Wide-Ranging Safety Measures After String Of Accidents

AP | By MATTHEW BROWN and JOAN LOWY | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-rangi...

Oil Train Accidents Spur Worry About Shipping Crude By Rail

AP | By MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 04.19.2014 | Green

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantitie...

Backers: Report On Rail Risks Boosts Keystone XL

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government warning about the dangers of increased use of trains to transport crude oil is giving a boost to supporters of the lo...

NTSB: Oil Train Crash Risks 'Major Loss Of Life'

AP | Joan Lowy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal accident investigators are warning that a "major loss of life" could result from an accident involving the increasing use ...

You Won't Believe How Much Oil Spilled From Trains Last Year

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

A new analysis of government data shows that more oil was spilled from trains in the U.S. in 2013 than in every year between 1975 and 2012 combined. R...

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 ...

U.S. Officials Call For More Safety For Oil By Rail

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

U.S. transportation officials said Thursday that companies need to come up with safer ways to transport oil on the nation's rail lines following some ...

Is oil-by-rail boom an accident waiting to happen?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Tick, tick, tick. The countdown to another rail accident is already on. A 90-car derailment last week in Alabama is only the latest in a series of tra...

Alabama Disaster Raises Oil-Train Safety Questions

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

(Corrects paras 2, 24 and 25 to make clear that cars involved were DOT-111s; the T108 designation provided by the company is an equipment code, not ...

For Canadian Investors, Carbon-Free Portfolio a Tricky Task

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

The landscape of ethical investing has grown over the years from guns, booze and tobacco to include issues such as executive compensation and the envi...

Fate Of Keystone XL May Hinge On New Assessment

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) - U.S. officials weighing the climate impact of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline ...