U.s. Department Of Transportation
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.
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.
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.
Glasgow, Glendive, Havre, Sidney and Wolf Point will receive direct flights to Billings via Cape Air beginning Dec. 1.
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.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has lifted its March shutdown order against Rimrock Stages of Billings for safety violations.
Residents of Miles City and Lewistown will continue to have government-subsidized air service, at least temporarily.
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.
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.
Lewistown and Miles City will probably lose government-subsidized air service at the end of May, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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.
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.
A strong local economy in 2012 helped attract a record number of passengers to the Billings Logan International Airport.
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.
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.
Yellowstone County is again seeking federal money for the Bench Connector project to ease traffic congestion at Main Street and Sixth Avenue North.
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.
A request for federal money to ease traffic congestion at Main Street and Sixth Avenue North got turned down again by federal officials.
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.
A public meeting on the Billings Bench Connector is set for 5 p.m. tonight in the lobby of Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.