THE DARK SIDE OF THE OIL BOOM: HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN THE HEARTLAND

Al Jazeera America | April 28, 2014 | Column by Aaron Ernst

WILLISTON, N.D. — When he took office 20 years ago, Mayor Ward Koeser’s town was struggling. But thanks to a huge influx of oil jobs and money over the past five years, Williston now calls itself Boomtown, USA.

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Forum on crude oil transport along Hudson River

Wall Street Journal | April 27, 2014 | AP Column

NEWBURGH, N.Y. — Environmental groups concerned about expanded crude oil transportation along the Hudson River are holding a forum for local residents.

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No Community is Prepared for Major Oil-By-Rail Accident, Senate Hearing Told

DeSmog Blog | April 27, 2014 | Post by Justin Milkulka

Just as you aren’t supposed to try to put out an oil fire in your kitchen with water, you aren’t supposed to try to put out a crude oil fire with water either. But in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that is all firefighters had for the first two days of battling the catastrophic oil-by-rail fire last July.

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U.S. rules could settle tank car dispute for oil-by-rail sector

Reuters | April 25, 2014 | Column by Patrick Rucker

New rules on moving hazardous materials like crude oil on U.S. railroads could settle a dispute between the energy industry and rail companies that boils down to a fraction of an inch of steel in the frame of each tank car.

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U.S. regulators to propose enhanced tank car standards

Reuters | April 24, 2014 | Reuters Column

U.S. transportation regulators will propose a "comprehensive rulemaking package" next week to address standards for tank cars that carry volatile crude oil on the nation's railroads.

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Federal Pipeline and Oil-by-Rail Regulator Making 9% Staff Cut, Confounding Experts

InsideClimate News | April 24, 2014 | Column by Elizabeth Douglass

Job cuts come at a time when PHMSA is struggling to regulate the nation’s aging pipeline network and new pipelines tied to the oil and gas boom.

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Feds asked to beef up planned state air pollution tests at Albany port

Times Union | April 24, 2014 | Column by Brian Nearing

An environmental group working with Albany South End residents is urging the federal government to step in over concerns that a proposed state air-testing plan for the Port of Albany is too weak.

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DOT outlines options for enhancing tank car standards

U.S. Department of Transportation | April 24, 2014 | Post by Anthony Foxx

Today, I visited Casselton, North Dakota, to reaffirm DOT's commitment to making sure energy products transported by train are carried safely.

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Photos: Earth Day bike parade

Times Union | April 23, 2014 | Staff Pictures

A bike parade to celebrate Earth Day was held in Albany Tuesday.

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DEC to monitor air around port for six weeks as oil trains continue

Times Union | April 23, 2014 | Column by Brian Nearing

Amid concerns over potential health impacts from an influx of trains carrying crude oil to the Port of Albany, the state is planning an air-monitoring program starting in May in the South End near the port.

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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.