Safety

U.S. Sen. Wyden introduces crude-by-rail safety bill

(Source: Progressive Railroading 8/05/2019) U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) last week introduced legislation to address safety concerns regarding crude-by-rail transportation. The Crude Oil Advanced Tracking Act would require railroads to share crude-by-rail information with state emergency responders so they know what risks they might face when trains carry crude oil travel through their communities. The…

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Sen. Wyden introduces bill to improve oil train safety

(Source: Press release from the office of Senator Ron Wyden, August 1, 2019)  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., yesterday introduced legislation that would address safety concerns regarding the transport of oil via railways and to better prepare and empower local communities in the event of an accident.  The Crude Oil Advanced Tracking Act would…

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CN train derailed on Canada’s side of international tunnel, TSB says

(Source: Progressive Railroading 7/8/2019) The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) will conduct the accident investigation into the June 28 CN train derailment that occurred in the St. Clair Tunnel between Sarnia, Ontario, and Port Huron, Michigan, the agency announced last week. Following initial assessments by the TSB and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, it was determined that the…

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DeFazio: GAO finds lack of safety data on longer trains

(Source: Progressive Railroading 7/08/2019) A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on train lengths showed that while the average train length has increased by 25 percent, there is little to no data being collected to measure the impact of longer trains on communities, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) announced last week. DeFazio, who chairs the House Transportation and…

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Washington state to update railroad oil-spill response rules

(Source: Progressive Railroading 06/13/2019) The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking public comments on proposed changes to regulations government railroads oil-spill response efforts in the state. In 2015, the state began requiring railroads to have oil-spill contingency plans to ensure they are adequately prepared in case of a spill. Based on direction from the Washington Legislature,…

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