After Passenger Train Derailment in Philadelphia Kills At Least 7, Attention Turns to Oil-by-Rail Hazards

DeSmogBlog | May 14, 2015 | Column by Sharon Kelly

This morning, investigators continue to search for missing Amtrak passengers, possibly thrown from a major train derailment and wreck in northeast Philadelphia Tuesday night. Already the casualty toll is one of the worst in recent memory, with at least seven people dead and over 200 injured after Amtrak's Northeast Regional Train No. 188, carrying 258 passengers, derailed.

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Conservative Party won't dump Democrat Albany County Executive Dan McCoy over oil train stance

Times Union | May 14, 2015 | Column by Jordan Carleo-Evangelist

Imagine you're a politician who's spent much of the last 18 months hammering a major industry. Let's say — oh, I don't know — the railroads.

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Environmental Groups File Challenge to Oil Transport Rules

The New York Times | May 14, 2015 | Reuters Report

WASHINGTON — Seven environmental groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday challenging safety rules issued this month for trains carrying oil, arguing that the regulations are too weak to protect the public.

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Groups Sue Obama Administration Over Weak Tank Car Standards

ForestEthics | May 14, 2015 | Press Release

The new safety standards issued by the Department of Transportation take too long to get dangerous tank cars off the tracks and contain loopholes that leave too many vulnerable
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What’s in those tank cars near the Amtrak derailment?

NPR (via The Benicia Independent) | May 13, 2015 | Report by Susan Phillips

News footage of the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday night shows nearby tank cars that look similar to the rail cars carrying crude oil or other hazardous material across the country each day. In aerial photos, it looks as if the Amtrak train, traveling at 100 miles an hour, nearly missed creating an even greater catastrophe, if it had struck an oil train, say, or a train carrying chlorine gas. Residents quickly took to twitter, wondering what about the content of those tank cars, and whether it was hazardous.

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Witness to Amtrak 188 crash: Train missed ‘tanker by maybe 50 yards’

CNN (via The Benecia Independent) | May 13, 2015 | Report by Eliott C. McLaughlin, Holly Yan and Don Melvin

Rebecca Bibb awoke alongside the mangled Amtrak commuter train with no recollection of the carnage and chaos that had just unfolded.”The shoes, my shoes — are not my shoes. I lost my shoes. A lady gave me my shoes,” a distraught Bibb told CNN affiliate KYW. She recalls being on the train, in the third car from the back — and then, nothing. “I don’t remember anything. I did not hear any noise, did not see anything. When I started hearing people, I was on the side (of the crash scene), and someone told me I’d been delirious and that they had carried me off,” she told the station. When Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, it tore apart passenger cars, sending seven of them careening off the tracks. At least four toppled over, and some cars were smashed like aluminum cans. The rails were uprooted, and the badly damaged engine was left standing upright. At least seven people were killed and 200 more were sent to six area hospitals — some with critical injuries, authorities said. About 76 passengers were treated and released. Journalist Beth Davidz of Brooklyn was one of those fortunate enough to be released. To hear her Twitter feed tell it, she was on the phone when she boarded the train and thus chose not to sit in the “quiet car,” which was one of the most damaged in the wreck. Around 3 a.m., she tweeted she had been released from the hospital — “no wallet, one shoe, so grateful” — and later thanked CNN affiliate WPIX for helping her find a ride home.

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Wolf signs first bill extending death benefits to campus police

TribLive | May 13, 2015 | Column by Brad Bumsted

HARRISBURG — Hours after touring the Amtrak disaster scene in North Philadelphia, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday it was fitting that the first he bill signed into law extends death benefits for campus police officers and lengthens the time period for emergency responders' families to apply.

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PHILADELPHIA AMTRAK CRASH SCENE: IS ANYONE QUESTIONING THE CLOSE PROXIMITY OF TANK CARS?

The Benicia Independent | May 13, 2015 | Post by Roger Straw

With courage and strength to survivors and the grieving … it looks like it might’ve been much worse.  Check out the photos.  What was in those tank cars at the time of the accident?  What is typically stored in tank cars in that railyard so close to the tracks?

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Short-term oil train delays seen around Philadelphia after derailment

Reuters | May 13, 2015 | Report by Jarrett Renshaw

An oil train that was scheduled to depart the Eddystone rail terminal outside Philadelphia on Tuesday has been delayed following an Amtrak derailment in the area that day, a person familiar with activity at Eddystone said.

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“Oil Trains” Pose A Significant Threat To National Parks

National Parks Traveler (via The Benicia Independent) | May 13, 2015 | Column by Kurt Repanshek

For more than a century, freight trains have rumbled up and over Montana’s Marias Pass, skirting the heavily forested south boundary of Glacier National Park, casting rolling shadows on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River below. Until recently the major threat was a grain car derailment, which on occasion left bears woozy from eating fermented grain and led to their deaths by train.

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