NYS reveals latest round of train safety inspections

Times Union | June 22, 2015 | Post by Brian Nearing

The Canadian Pacific rail yard in Selkirk, Albany County was among the rail facilities and tracks inspected recently for safety standards by the state as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of accidents and derailments by crude oil trains that are surging through the state.

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Feds warn railroads to comply with oil train notification requirement

The Bellingham Herald | July 22, 2015 | Column by Curtis Tate

The U.S. Department of Transportation warned railroads that they must continue to notify states of large crude oil shipments after several states reported not getting updated information for as long as a year.

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FBI Advisory: Oil Trains At Risk of "Extremist" Attack, But Lacks "Specific Information" To Verify

DeSmogBlog | July 18, 2015 | Column by Steve Horn

A document marked “Confidential” and published a year ago today, on July 18, 2014, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concluded that “environmental extremists” could target oil-by-rail routes, as first reported on by McClatchyBut the Bureau also concedes upfront that it lacks “specific information” verifying this hunch.

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Oil Train Derailment in Montana Closes Highway, Forces Evacuations

Center for Biological Diversity | July 17, 2015 | Press Release

Emergency Responders Unable to Take Immediate Action

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35,000 Gallons of Oil Spills After Montana Train Derailment

Associated Press (via ABC News) | July 17, 2015 | Report by Matthew Brown and Matt Volz

Three tank cars have leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling crude from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, the latest in a series of recent wrecks raising concerns across the U.S. and Canada, authorities said Friday.

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Montana Oil Train Derailment Renews Call for Ban on Crude-By-Rail

Common Dreams | July 17, 2015 | Column by Nadia Prupis

"The wreck is the latest in a string of derailments this year exposing the still-unchecked dangers that crude-oil trains pose to people and the environment, and how unprepared communities are to deal with the threat," says Center for Biological Diversity

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Crude Oil Train Derails In Montana, Prompting Evacuations

Huffington Post | July 17, 2015 | AP Report

An oil train derailed Thursday in rural northeastern Montana, prompting the evacuation of some homes and leaving at least two of the cars leaking crude, authorities said.

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Fear of 'bomb trains' draws Southwest Philly residents to emergency meeting

Philadelphia Business Journal | July 17, 2015 | Column by Dan Norton

As oil-filled "bomb trains" snake their way along the Schylkill River, southwest Philadelphia residents are voicing concern for their own safety.

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DOE: Department of Evasiveness? More Government Delay Tactics as Bomb Trains Roll On

DeSmogBlog | July 17, 2015 | Column by Justin Mikulka

The oil industry and the government regulators in charge of regulating the industry don’t understand the basic science of oil. This is the core of the argument used to justify why they continue to run dangerous trains filled with Bakken oil through communities across North America. Do you believe them?

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At time of oil train wrecks and record auto recalls, GOP bill would roll back safety rules

Associated Press (via The Benicia Independent) | July 16, 2015 | Report by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher

WASHINGTON –  At a time of record auto recalls and high-profile train wrecks, Republicans are working on legislation to roll back safety regulation of the auto and railroad industries.

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PAUSE is a grassroots group of individuals who have come together to promote safe, sustainable energy and fight for environmental justice. We engage the greater public to stop the fossil fuel industry’s assault on the people of Albany and our environment.