Railroads use new oil shipment rule to fight transparency

McClatchy DC (via The Benicia Independent) | June 25, 2015 | Column by Curtis Tate

WASHINGTON — Railroads may have found a new weapon in their fight to keep information about oil train shipments from the public: a federal rule that was supposed to increase transparency.

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Six former railway employees charged in Lac-Mégantic disaster

The Globe and Mail | June 23, 2015 | Column by Eric Atkins and Verity Stevenson

Nearly two years after the Lac-Mégantic oil train explosion killed 47 people and levelled the small Quebec town, the federal government has laid new criminal charges.

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Broken wheel caused fiery 2014 derailment of Canada oil train

American Journal of Transportation | June 23, 2015 | AJOT Report

The fiery January 2014 derailment of a Canadian National Railway Co crude oil train in New Brunswick was caused by an undetected flaw that broke a wheel, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said.

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CP Rail alleged to have breached safety protocols

The Globe and Mail | June 22, 2015 | Column by Kat Sieniuc

The president of the union that represents rail workers is alarmed by allegations in court documents that a CP Rail manager may have ordered a conductor to breach safety directives and park a train carrying dangerous goods in the mountains of British Columbia without hand brakes – directives introduced after the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster.

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Nine Charged in Connection With 2013 Quebec Train Derailment

The Wall Street Journal | June 22, 2015 | Column by David George-Cosh

The Canadian government said Monday it had laid charges against nine parties in connection with the deadly derailment of a crude-carrying train in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, in July 2013.

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City panel off course on trains

Times Union | June 22, 2015 | Commentary by Sandy Steubing

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan's "blue ribbon" committee on oil trains delivered a report in late May after 10 months of study. While I found the panel's praise for the inadequate federal regulations objectionable, many of its recommendations were offensive.

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Make shippers liable

Times Union | June 21, 2015 | LTE by Nancy Casler

Brian Nearing, in his article “Investment chief wants oil train answers,” June 8, reports state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli sent letters to 14 publicly traded energy companies that our state pension fund is invested in, asking for their plans for oil train risk reduction and insurance coverage.

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We need to stand up to fossil fuel industry

Times Union | June 21, 2015 | LTE by Diana Wright

Fred LeBrun in his column “Will state get tough on rail shipments?” May 31, does an excellent job getting to the crux of the matter with the bomb trains: “Lamenting,” he says, “has its place, but prevention is better.” With the second anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic, Quebec explosion approaching on July 6, what have we learned?

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Cost of Doing Business? Oil Companies Agree To Pay For Some of Lac-Megantic Damages, But Not to Solve the Real Problems

DeSmogBlog | June 21, 2015 | Column by Justin Mikulka

Although insisting the industry is not to blame, several of the oil companies involved in the fatal Lac-Megantic oil train accident in 2013 have agreed to contribute to a fund to compensate the families of the 47 victims in that accident.

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Oil transit's benefit to Albany hard to measure

Times Union | June 20, 2015 | Column by Eric Anderson

As billions of gallons course through Albany, is it worth the risk?

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