KALISPELL — Eight months after Amtrak adjusted its schedule through northwest Montana to curb delays, the long-distance passenger train is still struggling to stay on time during trips between Chicago, Seattle and Portland.
SEATTLE — The spike in crude oil shipments by rail in Washington is creating new potential risks and will require increased safety measures and improved oil spill response and prevention, according to a state study delivered to lawmakers.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Four West Coast senators want the federal government to expand a recent order for railroads to notify state emergency responders about crude oil shipments from the Great Plains.
The oil industry’s lead trade group released new standards on Thursday for testing and classifying crude shipped by rail after prior shipments were misclassified, including a train that derailed in Canada and killed 47 people.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Oil industry officials told state regulators Tuesday no additional regulations are needed to transport western North Dakota oil by rail, citing an industry-funded study saying it’s no more volatile than other light crudes.
OKLAHOMA CITY — As many as seven oil trains a week pass through Oklahoma carrying crude drilled in the Northern Plains that has been involved in multiple fiery derailments, including a 2008 explosion northeast of Oklahoma City involving oil from Montana.
Frustrated farmers told Congressman Steve Daines on Monday in Huntley that clogged rail lines, increasing federal regulations and cheap imports are hurting their business.
WASHINGTON — A string of fiery train derailments across the country has triggered a high-stakes but behind-the-scenes campaign to shape how the government responds to calls for tighter safety rules.
WASHINGTON — The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is drafting regulations to improve the safety of rail shipments of crude oil following a series derailments, explosions and fires. With billions of dollars at stake, the railroad, oil, ethanol and chemical industries hav…
Oil shipments were up 61 percent last year on Wyoming's two largest railroads, according to a Star-Tribune review of annual shipment data provided to the Wyoming Department of Transportation by Burlington North Santa Fe and Union Pacific.
Granite Peak Development’s Casper crude-to-rail loading facility is one of five planned for Wyoming. Crude oil prices fell below $60 a barrel Thursday, and oil companies across the Cowboy State are considering layoffs for oil field workers.
Railroad records show more than a dozen volatile oil train shipments traverse Montana weekly en route to out-of-state refineries.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Dozens of mile-long trains loaded with crude are leaving western North Dakota each week, with most shipments going through the state's most populous county while en route to refineries across the country.
Disclosures from railroads about volatile oil shipments from the Northern Plains show dozens of the trains passing weekly through Illinois and the Midwest and up to 19 a week reaching Washington state on the West Coast.
Montana officials said Wednesday they intend to release details next week on the frequency of oil trains passing through the state, despite efforts by railroads to keep the information from the public after a string of fiery accidents raised safety concerns.
BISMARCK, N.D. — Crude oil trains are not displacing grain shipments in the Dakotas and surrounding states, railroad officials assured North Dakota regulators Monday.
MISSOULA — With scrutiny growing about the safety of moving crude oil by rail, western Montana residents wonder how increased shipments will be kept safe along sensitive places like the border of Glacier National Park.
WASHINGTON — Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident like one in July…
U.S. transportation officials rebuked the oil industry Friday for not giving up information regulators say they need to gauge the danger of moving crude by rail, after several accidents highlighted the explosive properties of fuel from the booming oil shale fields on the Northern Plains.