Turning the Tide on Bomb Trains

Counterpunch | June 18, 2015 | Column by Stephen Quirke

Two months ago I reported on the plan to build propane export facilities at the Port of Portland. This report investigated bomb trains and the blast zone around the proposed terminal, dug into Pembina’s operations in Canada, and reported on their heavy participation in both tar sands extraction and fracking in Western Canada.

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Who's Really to Blame for Train Wrecks?

LaborNotes | June 16, 2015 | Post by Ron Kaminkow

The news media have been full of speculation about what caused an Amtrak train to derail east of Philadelphia on May 12, killing at least eight people and injuring hundreds.

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Editorial: Gains against bad trains

Times Union | June 15, 2015 | Editorial

THE ISSUE:

The increase in oil trains rolling through our community poses significant risks.

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Hess Sells Half of Bakken Processing Unit for $2.68 Billion

Bloomberg Business | June 11, 2015 | Report by Jim Polson

Hess Corp., the most active oil driller in North Dakota’s Bakken last year, agreed to sell a 50 percent stake in its processing and pipeline unit in the region to private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners for $2.675 billion in cash.

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Oil Firms Agree to Pay Millions in Compensation for Quebec Train Blast

Wall Street Journal | June 10, 2015 | Column by Russell Gold and David George-Cosh

Shell, Marathon and others contribute to $345 million fund for victims of Lac-Mégantic blast that killed 47

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Bill to make oil shippers, terminals prove cleanup cash heads to the wire at Capitol

Times Union | June 10, 2015 | Column by Brian Nearing

Financial guarantees from shippers and terminals sought

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Pennsylvania lawmakers seek answers on oil train safety

StateImpact | June 9, 2015 | Report by Marie Cusick

As the shipment of oil by train has skyrocketed in Pennsylvania and around the nation, lawmakers in Harrisburg want to weigh in on safety issues. Unfortunately they have little authority, since the rail industry is regulated almost exclusively by the federal government.

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Veterans of oil-train disasters convene in Albany

Capital New York | June 9, 2015 | Column by Scott Waldman

ALBANY—People incinerated. Fireballs in the sky. Firefighters retreating from burning oil tankers.

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Oil Trains Don't Have to Derail or Explode to Be Hazardous, Doctors Warn

Truthout | June 9, 2015 | Column by Dahr Jamail

In May, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health-care professionals from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) called on Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to take a stronger position against proposed oil-by-rail shipping terminals in their respective states, in order to insure the health and physical security of families and communities there.

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Crude oil trains can "outgun" local firefighters

Times Union | June 8, 2015 | Column by Brian Nearing

Residents hear accounts of firefighters being overwhelmed

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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.