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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...

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.

Hey, Auto Industry: Eyes Straight Ahead!

Jay Winsten | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Jay Winsten

When it comes to distracted driving, the auto industry has an inherent conflict of interest, and cannot be the final arbiter of guidelines to curb the problem.

Transportation Safety Head Calls For End To 'Tombstone Mentality'

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration needs to take steps immediately to protect the public from potentially catastrophic oil train accidents e...

NTSB Chair Leaving Post To Head Safety Council

AP | By JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deborah Hersman, the chairman of the nation's transportation accident investigations board, is leaving to become the president and...

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.

Feds Shut Down 52 Bus Companies Deemed Unsafe

AP | JUSTIN PRITCHARD | Posted 12.12.2013 | Business

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal bus safety regulators have shut down 52 companies in what they describe as a major nationwide crackdown on unsafe outfits...

Hot Air Balloon Explosion Leaves 4 Hurt, 1 Severely Burned

AP | Posted 11.10.2013 | Crime

TEMECULA, Calif. -- TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a hot air balloon exploded after landing in Southern California wine country leaving four ...

Ben Hallman

Shutdown Shuts Down Deadly Crash Investigations

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Hallman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business

The federal shutdown has forced investigators to suspend or delay probes of 14 major transportation accidents, including an airliner crash in San Fran...

Coroner's Office IDing Victims Of Santa Monica Crash

AP | JUSTIN PRITCHARD | Posted 12.01.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — LOS ANGELES (AP) — Just as he had so many times before, Mark Benjamin rode his small jet from a town in the Idaho wilderness he ...

Plane Crash Evacuation Slides Were Faulty -- And The Feds Knew

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.01.2013 | San Francisco

The malfunction of two evacuation slides after the Asiana Flight 214 crash in San Francisco in July added drama to the emergency. Now, NBC reports its...

Big Safety Move Delayed Decades

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It was an accident investigators say didn't have to happen: Five years ago a commuter train collided head-on with a freight train n...

GHSA Chairman's Remarks

Debbie Hersman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Debbie Hersman

Thank you for the kind introduction - it's great to be here in beautiful California - the busiest state when it comes to highway travel. I have worked with GHSA for many years, but the last time I addressed your annual conference was in 2009 in Savannah.

PHOTOS: 17th Anniversary Of TWA Flight 800 Crash

Newsday | Joie Tyrrell | Posted 09.16.2013 | New York

Family and friends of those killed onboard TWA Flight 800 will gather Wednesday night at the memorial in Smith Point County Park on the 17th anniversa...

Alaska Plane Crash Kills All 10 People On Board

AP | RACHEL D'ORO | Posted 09.06.2013 | Travel

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Five members of a vacationing South Carolina family were among those killed in a fiery Alaska plane crash that left all 10 o...

Pilot Of Crashed Plane Was In Training, Airline Says

Reuters | Posted 09.06.2013 | San Francisco

SEOUL, July 8 (Reuters) - Asiana Airlines Inc said the pilot in charge of landing the Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport on Sa...

Flight 214 Crew Tried To Abort Landing Seconds Before Crash: NTSB

AP | JASON DEAREN and JOAN LOWY | Posted 09.06.2013 | San Francisco

By JASON DEAREN and JOAN LOWY, The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pilots of Asiana Flight 214 were flying too slowly as they approached San...

Planes Collide Midair In Idaho

AP | JOHN MILLER | Posted 08.28.2013 | Crime

BOISE, Idaho — Two small planes collided in central Idaho on Friday morning at the site of a backcountry fly-in, killing a 2-year-old boy and in...

'Green News Report' - May 28, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'...

Officials: Bridge Collapse Should Be Wake-Up Call

AP | MIKE BAKER and MANUEL VALDES | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

SEATTLE — Federal investigators used 3D laser scans Sunday to study what remained of a collapsed Washington state bridge as Gov. Jay Inslee anno...

VOTE: Experts Recommend Lowering Legal Blood Alcohol Limit

AP | JOAN LOWY | Posted 05.14.2013 | Crime

WASHINGTON -- States should cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half_ from .08 blood alcohol level to .05_matching a standard that has s...

Federal Agency: Blood Alcohol Limit For Drivers Should Be 0.05 Percent

Reuters | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

(Updates with vote) WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) - The top U.S. transportation safety agency voted on Tuesday to recommend a lower blo...

As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.18.2013 | Green
The Center for Public Integrity

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby April 17, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartis...

Weather Was Changing Rapidly Before Plane Crash That Killed 4

AP | Posted 06.02.2013 | Denver

SILVERTON, Colo. — Federal investigators say the weather was changing rapidly over Silverton, Colo., before a small passenger plane crashed in D...

Causes Of Deadly NYC Helicopter Crash Revealed

AP | Posted 03.01.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A fatal helicopter crash near a New York City heliport in 2011 was likely due to overloading and the pilot's failure to recover from an un...