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Senators ask for more oil train notifications

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.

September 29, 2014 2:25 pmLoading…
Oil industry offers crude train testing standards

Oil industry offers crude train testing standards

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.

September 25, 2014 1:26 pmLoading…
Oil reps say North Dakota has proper rail shipment rules

Oil reps say North Dakota has proper rail shipment rules

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.

September 24, 2014 12:25 pmLoading…

State: Up to 7 Bakken oil trains a week through Oklahoma

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.

August 05, 2014 1:43 pmLoading…
On ag tour, Daines hears farmers' concerns in Huntley

On ag tour, Daines hears farmers' concerns in Huntley

Frustrated farmers told Congressman Steve Daines on Monday in Huntley that clogged rail lines, increasing federal regulations and cheap imports are hurting their business.

August 04, 2014 6:45 pm Photos

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Train crashes trigger campaign to shape railroad safety rules

Train crashes trigger campaign to shape railroad safety rules

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.

July 14, 2014 11:33 am Photos

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Public, industry weigh in on oil train safety

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…

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Granite Peak Development’s Casper crude-to-rail loading facility is one of five planned for Wyoming. The facility will transport oil from the Express Pipeline to rail cars. Oil shipments by rail in the state increased 61 percent from 2012 to 2013.

June 29, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Number of rail shipments of oil skyrocket in Wyoming

Number of rail shipments of oil skyrocket in Wyoming

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.

June 29, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Disclosure shows oil trains frequent in Montana

Disclosure shows oil trains frequent in Montana

Railroad records show more than a dozen volatile oil train shipments traverse Montana weekly en route to out-of-state refineries.

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North Dakota discloses oil train shipment details

North Dakota discloses oil train shipment details

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.

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Disclosures show heavy oil train traffic through West, Midwest

Disclosures show heavy oil train traffic through West, Midwest

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.

June 24, 2014 4:20 pmLoading…
Montana says oil train details are not confidential

Montana says oil train details are not confidential

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.

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Ag, rail officials talk delays with regulators

BISMARCK, N.D. — Crude oil trains are not displacing grain shipments in the Dakotas and surrounding states, railroad officials assured North Dakota regulators Monday.

April 29, 2014 12:05 pmLoading…
Oil train shipments in Montana raise concern

Oil train shipments in Montana raise concern

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.

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Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

Feds say oil trains should have two-man crews

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…

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U.S. government: Industry is hampering oil train safety

U.S. government: Industry is hampering oil train safety

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.

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