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Casey asks oil trains to slow down in Pennsylvania cities

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania senator is asking two freight railroad companies to reduce the speed of trains carrying flammable crude oil. Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wants CSX and Norfolk Southern to reduce speeds to 35 mph for oil trains traveling through major urban areas like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. His letter to the railroads Wednesday called it a common ...

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A timeline recent oil train crashes in the US and Canada

The derailment of an oil train in rural northeastern Montana follows a string of accidents as shipments of crude by rail have increased dramatically in recent years, driven by a surge in domestic production: — July 5, 2013: A runaway Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train that had been left unattended derailed, spilling oil and catching fire inside the town ...

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CSX takes in less revenue in quarter, but makes more money

CSX took in less revenue last quarter, but it made more money. The Jacksonville-based railroad announced net earnings of $553 million for the second quarter with a record 56 cents per share. Analysts had been expecting 53 cents per share, which is what the company made the second quarter of 2014 on net earnings of $529 million. But revenue fell ...

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Environmental group sues DOT over oil train rules

A statewide environmental organization has filed a federal court challenge against the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new oil train regulations, saying they don’t come close to fully protecting the public and the environment from the threat of explosions. Riverkeeper, which aims to protect the state’s water supply, filed the federal lawsuit a week after the DOT issued its final safety ...

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Feds issue speed limits for crude oil trains

Freight trains hauling flammable materials through Pittsburgh and other urban areas are under new federal guidelines to slow down, a safety regulation that has the rail industry reviewing its operations. A package of regulations and advisories released Friday from the Department of Transportation included an emergency order limiting trains to 40 MPH through densely populated areas, including Pittsburgh, when carrying ...

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CSX train derails in western Md.; no injuries or spills

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SWANTON, Md. — CSX Corp. says it’s investigating the cause of train derailment near the western Maryland community of Swanton. Spokesman Rob Doolittle says 11 of the 88 cars on a train traveling from Cumberland to Russell, Kentucky, derailed at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He says no injuries or spills of hazardous materials were reported. Doolittle says eight of the ...

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From the East Coast, Bakken Oil’s outlook not so bad

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Doom and gloom over production declines, and a rapid decline in oil-field jobs has many people worried in North Dakota, but the outlook sketched in by analysts and energy leaders in Denver, Colorado, at the recent DUG Bakken/Niobrara Conference sponsored by Houston-based Hart Energy, presented a different picture. “Keep Calm and Drill On,” the slogan emblazoned on the ...

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Nearly 437,000 barrels of volatile Bakken Shale crude oil per day may pass through Ohio on trains

Ohioans have known for some time that numerous trains carrying highly volatile Bakken Shale crude oil pass through their neighborhoods each day en route to East Coast refineries. What they didn’t know, until Tuesday, was a number: as many as 437,000 barrels per day. That volume figure surfaced Tuesday when the federal government for the first time released monthly data ...

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Bakken oil trains roll across Columbus

Almost 1.4 million Ohioans live within a half-mile of railroad lines where some of the most-volatile crude oil in North America rolls by each week, a Dispatch analysis has found. Those people, about 12 percent of the state’s population, are at risk of being forced from their homes should a train hauling crude oil from the Bakken shale fields of ...

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As oil trains roll across America, volunteer firefighters face big risk

NEW YORK – Volunteers at the Galena, Illinois, fire department were hosing down the smoldering wreck of a derailed BNSF oil train on the east bank of the Mississippi River on March 5 when a fire suddenly flared beyond their control. Minutes later, the blaze reached above the treetops, visible for miles around. “They dropped the hoses and got out” ...

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