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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
BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents

BNSF plans to upgrade tanker fleet after accidents

BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher benchmark for safety within an industry that's seen multiple major accidents.

February 20, 2014 4:13 pmLoading…
Warning issued about oil shipped from the Bakken oil shale patch

Warning issued about oil shipped from the Bakken oil shale patch

Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials say crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.

January 02, 2014 1:33 pm Photos

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Cape Air to service Eastern Montana towns

Cape Air to service Eastern Montana towns

Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney and Wolf Point will receive direct flights to Billings via Cape Air beginning Dec. 1. 

September 05, 2013 4:20 pmLoading…
Rimrock Stages may not resume all its Montana routes

Rimrock Stages may not resume all its Montana routes

After a nearly four-month safety shutdown, the owners of Billings-based Rimrock Stages Inc. are close to receiving permission from regulators in Washington, D.C., to resume bus service as soon as they buy insurance.

July 14, 2013 12:15 am Related

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Rimrock Stages is closer to driving bus routes again

Rimrock Stages is closer to driving bus routes again

The U.S. Department of Transportation has lifted its March shutdown order against Rimrock Stages of Billings for safety violations.

July 01, 2013 5:00 pmLoading…

Subsidized flights to two Montana cities get extended

Residents of Miles City and Lewistown will continue to have government-subsidized air service, at least temporarily.

June 05, 2013 12:05 pmLoading…
Exxon challenges $1.7M Yellowstone spill penalty

Exxon challenges $1.7M Yellowstone spill penalty

ExxonMobil Corp. is challenging $1.7 million in penalties proposed by federal safety regulators who faulted the oil company over a 63,000-gallon crude oil spill into the Yellowstone River, according to documents released Monday by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

May 13, 2013 3:28 pmLoading…
Some Rimrock Stages buses pass inspection

Some Rimrock Stages buses pass inspection

Seven weeks after the abrupt shutdown of Billings-based Rimrock Stages for safety hazards, inspectors have re-certified four passenger buses, according to Rimrock President Thorm Forseth.

May 09, 2013 6:00 pmLoading…

Lewistown, Miles City may lose government-subsidized air service at end of May

Lewistown and Miles City will probably lose government-subsidized air service at the end of May, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

April 03, 2013 6:54 pmLoading…
Feds respond to Exxon criticism over Yellowstone spill

Feds respond to Exxon criticism over Yellowstone spill

Federal officials say a report that found ExxonMobil Corp. took "reasonable precautions" to address flooding that triggered an oil spill into Montana's Yellowstone River did not reflect the government's final determination in the case.

March 29, 2013 1:57 pmLoading…
$1.7M penalty proposed for ExxonMobil oil spill into Yellowstone River

$1.7M penalty proposed for ExxonMobil oil spill into Yellowstone River

Federal regulators proposed $1.7 million in civil penalties against Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday for safety violations linked to a pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of crude oil into Montana's scenic Yellowstone River.

March 25, 2013 4:27 pmLoading…

Billings airport sets passenger record

A strong local economy in 2012 helped attract a record number of passengers to the Billings Logan International Airport.

January 14, 2013 7:00 pmLoading…
Baucus, Tester want pipeline study finished

Baucus, Tester want pipeline study finished

Two U.S. senators from Montana are urging federal safety regulators to wrap up a yearlong study into whether oil spills into rivers, lakes and other water bodies across the U.S. have resulted from inadequately buried pipelines.

December 24, 2012 11:49 am Photos

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Casper airport receives DOT grant

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper/Natrona County International Airport will invest $170,000 in a new marketing and advertising program, thanks in large part to a U.S. Department of Transportation grant awarded to the airport Tuesday.

August 15, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
County tries again for Bench Connector funding

County tries again for Bench Connector funding

Yellowstone County is again seeking federal money for the Bench Connector project to ease traffic congestion at Main Street and Sixth Avenue North.

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City won't seek transportation grant, looks to future

City won't seek transportation grant, looks to future

The fourth time might have been a charm, but the city of Billings will not make another attempt this year to apply for a major transportation grant.

February 07, 2012 5:00 pmLoading…
Main-Bench-Sixth North transportation grant not funded

Main-Bench-Sixth North transportation grant not funded

A request for federal money to ease traffic congestion at Main Street and Sixth Avenue North got turned down again by federal officials.

December 15, 2011 5:00 pmLoading…
Pipelines at risk of failure in Montana, Wyoming

Pipelines at risk of failure in Montana, Wyoming

HELENA — Federal safety regulators disclosed problems Tuesday with oil and other hazardous liquid pipelines at seven major river crossings and hundreds of smaller crossings in Montana and northern Wyoming — problems that could put the lines at increased risk of failure.

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Public hearing tonight on Heights transportation proposal

A public meeting on the Billings Bench Connector is set for 5 p.m. tonight in the lobby of Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

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