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Oil by Rail

2 Billion Reasons Tar Sands Won't Move By Rail After Keystone XL's Rejection

Anthony Swift | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Anthony Swift

Rail is too expensive and logistically challenging to take the place of pipelines and support expanded tar sands production. Tar sands oil is some of the most expensive in the world to produce - and shipping crude by rail to the Gulf costs twice as much as by pipeline.

There's an Easy Fix to Stop Oil "Bomb Trains," So Why Isn't Government Requiring It?

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The success of their misdirection campaign is evident -- the mainstream media is largely overlooking this critical issue when the public needs referees to ask the tough questions on this vulnerability in our crude oil by rail protocols.

Kate Sheppard

Environmental Groups Sue Over Oil Train Rules, Cite Amtrak Crash | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups are suing the Obama administration over recently announced rules for transporting oil by rail, arguing they allow u...

Kate Sheppard

Transportation Department Releases New Safety Rules For Oil By Rail | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Transportation announced new regulations for transporting oil and other flammable liquids by rail on Friday, foll...

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.

Kate Sheppard

Senators Introduce Legislation After Series Of Oil Train Accidents | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic senators wants to improve the safety of transporting oil by rail in the United States, following a series of high-...

Why a Cutback in Oil Production Is Sorely Needed

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 04.30.2015 | Green
Jeffrey Rubin

How deep is the hole the oil industry is currently stuck inside? To figure that out, you only need to look as far back as last week, which saw another two trainloads full of oil derail and storage numbers that put U.S. crude stocks at record highs

Facing Felony Charges, Rick Perry Joins Board of Pipeline Company Proposing Pipeline Across Iowa

Steve Horn | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Former Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry has joined the board of directors at Energy Transfer Partners, a natural gas and propane company headquartered in Dallas, Texas that has proposed to build a controversial Bakken crude oil pipeline across Iowa.

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).

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

Steve Horn | Posted 11.01.2014 | 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 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...

State Department's Real Errors in Keystone XL Review

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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...