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Industry: Bakken oil not more risky, federal rules 'sufficient'

BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil industry representatives are pushing back against tougher rules for rail cars carrying crude despite a string of fiery accidents and insisting that oil shipped by train from the Northern Plains is no more dangerous than some other cargoes.

May 20, 2014 1:43 pm
Report: 'Severe clear air turbulence' injured people on United flight

Report: 'Severe clear air turbulence' injured people on United flight

Federal officials said "severe clear air turbulence" is suspected to have injured nearly a dozen people on a Feb. 17 Denver-to-Billings flight, after which five people were taken to the hospital.

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Railroads, feds agree on voluntary efforts to boost oil train safety

Railroads, feds agree on voluntary efforts to boost oil train safety

Railroads that haul volatile crude shipments have reached an agreement with U.S. transportation officials to adopt wide-ranging, voluntary safety measures after a string of explosive and deadly accidents.

February 21, 2014 4:45 pm Photos

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NTSB investigates turbulent Billings flight that injured 5

NTSB investigates turbulent Billings flight that injured 5

A United Airlines flight from Denver to Billings that was buffeted by severe turbulence that left five people injured Monday is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

February 20, 2014 3:22 pmLoading…
NTSB: 400,000 gallons of Bakken oil lost in derailment

NTSB: 400,000 gallons of Bakken oil lost in derailment

BISMARCK, N.D. — Federal investigators have determined that 400,000 gallons of oil was lost last month when a train derailed and caught fire in North Dakota, according to a report released Monday.

January 13, 2014 1:13 pm Photos

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911 tapes show initial confusion over train cargo in fiery derailment

911 tapes show initial confusion over train cargo in fiery derailment

FARGO, N.D. — The 911 dispatch recordings from the fiery Dec. 30 train derailment west of Casselton show initial confusion about whether the burning cargo on board was crude oil or ethanol.

January 09, 2014 1:08 pmLoading…
NTSB investigating derailment; mayor calls for change in fuel transportation

NTSB investigating derailment; mayor calls for change in fuel transportation

CASSELTON, N.D. — A fiery oil train derailment's near-miss of this small North Dakota town had its mayor angrily calling for federal officials to do more to guarantee the safety of the nation's growing shipment of oil by rail.

December 31, 2013 1:30 pm Photos

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Gazette opinion: Vehicle safety push should be speedier

Engines that don’t start unless occupants’ seat belts are buckled.

December 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Pilot unhurt after plane makes hard landing at Kalispell airport

KALISPELL — A Kalispell man escaped injury when his experimental airplane made a hard landing shortly after taking off from the Kalispell City Airport.

November 26, 2013 12:33 pmLoading…

NTSB releases preliminary report on West Yellowstone crash

A preliminary report on a fatal Montana plane crash suggests the accident happened after the pilot overflew his approach to a runway and tried to compensate by turning more sharply.

August 23, 2013 5:45 pmLoading…
Pilot identified, NTSB investigating helicopter crash near Thompson Falls

Pilot identified, NTSB investigating helicopter crash near Thompson Falls

THOMPSON FALLS — The pilot who was killed in a helicopter crash 10 miles southwest of Thompson Falls Saturday has been identified as 35-year-old Todd Hanawalt of Bozeman.

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NTSB issues early report on crash that killed Billings helicopter pilot

NTSB issues early report on crash that killed Billings helicopter pilot

CORTEZ, Colo. — Investigators say a Montana-based helicopter that crashed in Colorado, killing the pilot, was carrying a load suspended from a cable, and the load struck the ground just before the aircraft plummeted to earth.

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Coroner identifies Billings pilot killed in Colorado helicopter crash

Coroner identifies Billings pilot killed in Colorado helicopter crash

A Billings man died on Tuesday morning when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in southwestern Colorado.

July 16, 2013 5:38 pmLoading…
Fort Smith plane crash remains under investigation

Fort Smith plane crash remains under investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate a plane crash near Fort Smith on July 2 that injured two people, a spokeswoman for the agency said Friday.

July 12, 2013 1:50 pmLoading…
Plane crashes near Fort Smith; no fatalities reported

Plane crashes near Fort Smith; no fatalities reported

An airplane carrying two people crashed Tuesday morning near Fort Smith on the Crow Indian Reservation. At least one person was taken by helicopter to a hospital.

July 02, 2013 2:00 pm Photos

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Lower BAC limit gets mixed reviews in Wyoming

CHEYENNE — The National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation for states to lower their blood-alcohol limit for drunken drivers is getting mixed reviews in Wyoming.

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Guest opinion: Bakken oil travels safely by rail, pipeline

The production of oil in the Bakken formation and similar places is powering our country’s march toward energy independence and is reshaping our national energy debate.

May 18, 2013 12:10 amLoading…
Investigation into deadly helicopter crash near Shepherd continues

Investigation into deadly helicopter crash near Shepherd continues

Federal authorities continue to investigate a Saturday helicopter crash near Shepherd that killed its pilot and lone occupant.

April 28, 2013 3:32 pm Photos

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Pilot killed in plane crash was Broadview schools trustee

Darin Ray Brown, the Acton-area pilot who died Saturday in an airplane crash near Wolf Point, was a father of five and a Broadview School District trustee.

April 08, 2013 1:42 pmLoading…

Authorities ID pilot killed in Saturday plane crash

Authorities have identified the pilot killed in a Saturday airplane crash in northern McCone County as Darin Ray Brown, 38, and are now working to figure out what happened.

April 07, 2013 4:30 pmLoading…

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