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Train derailment spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol

ALMA, Wis. — Crews are working to clear a freight train derailment in western Wisconsin that spilled thousands of gallons of ethanol. BNSF Railway said crews continued Sunday to transfer ethanol from the derailed cars and get the cars back on the tracks. The train derailed Saturday about two miles north of Alma, a town along the Mississippi River. Some ...

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BNSF: Court order could disrupt economy

BNSF Railway says a temporary court injunction against use of its new track through the La Crosse River marsh would damage the railroad and disrupt the economy of the northern part of the country. In documents filed this week, attorneys for BNSF challenge an order issued earlier this month by La Crosse County Circuit Judge Scott Horne, which allowed the ...

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BNSF asks for delay in lawsuit over Casselton derailment

FARGO, N.D. — A civil lawsuit against BNSF by an engineer who was at the helm during a train derailment near Casselton nearly two years ago should be put on hold until it can be determined whether a broken axel was the cause of the fiery crash, a lawyer for the railway said Monday. The suit by Bryan Thompson of ...

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Rail tracks in northeast Montana reopened after derailment

CULBERTSON, Mont. — Crews have reopened a rail line in northeast Montana where four tank cars derailed and leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway spokesman Matt Jones says the track was reopened about 9 p.m. Friday. Twenty-two cars of a BNSF train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed Thursday night about 5 miles east ...

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Buffett may benefit as train lobby bids to weaken safety rule

WASHINGTON – Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is set to be a chief beneficiary of a bid by Senate Republicans to weaken new regulations to improve train safety in the $2.8 billion crude-by-rail industry, a key cog in the development of the vast North American shale oil fields. A series of oil train accidents, including the July 2013 explosion of a ...

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BNSF moving 55 jobs to Laurel from Forsyth, Glendive

Burlington Northern Santa Fe is relocating 55 workers to Laurel this month from Glendive and Forsyth and planning other worker furloughs, rail officials said Wednesday. The move is an effort to consolidate operations to Laurel, the region’s largest rail yard, and reduce costs in response to a downturn in freight demands, BNSF officials said. The bulk of the shift, 45 ...

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Baldwin, local leaders call for improved crude oil safety measures

Dozens of citizens and local leaders joined U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin Tuesday in calling for new regulations on the shipment of crude oil, requirements designed to prevent a rail catastrophe. More than 50 people packed the Amtrak depot on La Crosse’s North Side as the Democratic senator touted a bill she has co-sponsored that would impose tougher safety measures on ...

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Latest ‘bomb train’ incident predictable

BNSF Railway carried the Hess Corp.-owned rail car, which carried highly volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and appears to have followed the law. President Barack Obama weighed and rejected using executive authority to curb the transport of this explosive crude oil, rich in butane and propane, because he decided North Dakota state law should be the controlling authority. ...

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BNSF reopens track at ND site of oil train derailment, fire

BISMARCK, N.D. — BNSF Railway has reopened a track in central North Dakota where an oil train derailed and caught fire, as cleanup from the accident continues. BNSF Vice President Mike Trevino said the line through the town of Heimdal opened Friday morning after six derailed tank cars were removed and damaged track was repaired and inspected. Trevino says the ...

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