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  • California: By the way, that bullet train isn’t actually going to be as fast as we said it would be

    03/28/2014 9:18:01 PM PDT · by george76 · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    When California first put the issue of building a high-speed bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco before voters, Gov. Jerry Brown made all sorts of nifty-sounding promises about how efficient, convenient, and fiscally sound a choice the rail line would be for Californians. All of those promises have more or less turned out to be a sham by now, as the train’s costs have exploded and its deadlines pushed way back, and now it appears that that less-than-three-hour ride Californians were originally promised… well, probably isn’t. ... who really considers a mounting “wall of debt” and a slew...
  • Emergency brake failed to stop Chicago train

    03/25/2014 3:15:24 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    AP/Pioneer Press ^ | 3-25-14 | JASON KEYSER
    CHICAGO—An emergency track-side braking system activated but failed to stop a Chicago commuter train from jumping the tracks and barreling to the top of an escalator at O'Hare International Airport, a federal investigator said Tuesday. The events that led to Monday's accident, which occurred around 3 a.m. and injured more than 30 passengers, might have begun with the train operator dozing off toward the end of her shift, according the union representing transit workers. But Tuesday's announcement that a piece of emergency safety equipment might have failed was the first indication the accident could have been caused by human error...
  • Spanish man dies while taking selfie on top of train

    03/23/2014 10:30:08 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 59 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 18 Mar 2014 10:06 GMT+01:00
    A 21-year-old from southern Spain died on Saturday after being electrocuted when he climbed on to a train to take a photo of himself with friends. The young man from the Andalusian town of Andújar suffered the fatal blow when he touched a high-voltage wire on a train he and his friends had assumed was not electrified. They'd clambered on top of the parked wagon at Andújar train station to take a picture of themselves when they suffered the severe electric shock. Spanish online daily Ideal reported that a 3,5000-volt discharge killed the young man as he went to take...
  • Joe Biden Comes to Philadelphia to Sit on Train

    02/07/2014 7:45:41 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 10 replies
    Philly Mag ^ | 02/06/2014 | By Dan McQuade
    Joe Biden is visiting Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station today, and Delaware’s favorite son showed up to sit in Amtrak’s new locomotive. Veep Joe Biden sits in the front of Amtrak's new locomotive at 30th Street Station in Philly. Story upcoming. pic.twitter.com/Vb9xviCleH — Kathy Matheson (@kmatheson) February 6, 2014   Biden is in town to celebrate Amtrak’s Cities Sprinter electric locomotive, which will power trains along the Northeast corridor and from Harrisburg to Philadelphia.
  • Train Carrying Fuel Oil Derails, Spills In Mississippi

    02/01/2014 6:36:58 PM PST · by thackney · 38 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | January 31, 2014 | Therese Apel
    A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi on Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials said. No one was injured in the incident which involved the derailment of 21 railcars, eight of which have spilled their contents, a Canadian National Railway spokesman said. Several of the cars were carrying hazardous materials including fertilizer and methanol, but there was no fire, he said. The accident, the latest in a string of North American train derailments over the past year, occurred in the city limits of New Augusta...
  • New regulations for oil on rail cars to come in 2015

    01/15/2014 3:09:22 AM PST · by thackney · 28 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 14, 2014 | Zain Shauk
    Regulations that could force oil companies to use stronger rail cars to move crude likely will be ready in 2015, according to a schedule released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Oil companies have increasingly used rail cars to move crude, but recent disasters, including a derailment and massive explosions in North Dakota last month, have drawn attention to the cars’ vulnerabilities. New regulations that could force older tank cars to be upgraded or phased out are under development, but will not be proposed until Nov. 12 and will be subject to a public comment period until Jan. 12,...
  • Time to ‘aggressively phase out’ old, unsafe tank cars carrying oil, says CN

    01/14/2014 11:07:32 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | JANUARY 13, 2014 | BRUCE CHEADLE
    The railway industry wants to “aggressively phase out” older model tank cars that have been implicated in several recent accidents, the head of CN Rail’s safety division told an industry forum Monday. But the consensus at the day-long workshop was that there’s no quick fix for a decades-old problem that has almost 80,000 sub-standard DOT-111 tank cars carrying flammable liquids on North American tracks. And whatever the solution, the cost eventually will be borne by consumers. Sam Berrada, director general of safety and occupational health services for CN, told an overflow crowd of industry types, regulators, lobbyists and local first...
  • Hoeven: Obama will approve Keystone

    01/12/2014 12:16:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said he thinks President Obama will approve the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. In the wake of multiple crude-by-rail train accidents in North Dakota -- leaving railcars ablaze and nearby residents at risk --Hoeven said on "Platts Energy Week" that the U.S. needs more pipelines. The U.S. needs pipelines "not only to improve conditions in terms of rail, but trucks," Hoeven said on Sunday. "With the Keystone pipeline, we'd take 500 trucks a day off our roads in western North Dakota." "So clearly pipelines are a part of the solution. But also we have to do everything...
  • Train carrying oil derails, catches fire in Canada

    01/08/2014 8:18:36 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | January 8, 2014 | Associated Press
    Officials in Canada said a derailed freight train carrying crude oil and propane continued to burn Wednesday morning, while they prepared to launch aerial surveillance and more than 100 residents remained evacuated from their homes. There were no deaths or injuries. “The biggest concern is the propane cars,” the fire chief of the nearby community of Plaster Rock, Tim Corbin, said Wednesday morning, according to CBC News. “That’s our biggest concern because if they happen to explode, we’re looking at major damage.” The derailment late Tuesday in a sparsely populated region of New Brunswick again raised concerns about the increasing...
  • Amtrak and the Michigan State Budget

    12/19/2013 6:19:49 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/18/2013 | Michael Farren
    The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 ended the federal government's financial support of many passenger rail routes. The federal subsidy for the operational costs for the Wolverine passenger rail service running from Pontiac-Detroit-Chicago, for example, has ended. The Michigan Legislature, however, included an extra $19.3 million in the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year to replace the lost federal funds. This sum represents a tripling of the state subsidy required to cover Amtrak's operating costs compared to the previous year. Michigan taxpayers will provide a $98.11 subsidy per roundtrip passenger in fiscal 2014. Two other Amtrak lines,...
  • Crude from Colorado rides train to new railport

    12/15/2013 7:23:50 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle via Fuel Fix ^ | December 15, 2013 | A Union Pacific train carrying 70 tanker cars of crude oil from Colorado rolled into the Port of Be
    A Union Pacific train carrying 70 tanker cars of crude oil from Colorado rolled into the Port of Beaumont’s Orange County Terminal last week — the first to arrive at a new facility built for such shipments. Called a unit train because it carried a single cargo to one destination, it brought 43,000 barrels of oil from the Niobrara Shale in Colorado to the Jefferson Transload Railport for use by an area refinery.
  • Arkansas Grid Attack Suspect Is Indicted

    12/15/2013 2:40:43 AM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies
    ELECTRIC CO-OP TODAY ^ | December 10, 2013 | Victoria A. Rocha
    SNIPPET: "A federal grand jury has issued an eight-count indictment against a central Arkansas man accused of damaging electric cooperative and other power facilities. Jason Woodring, 37, was indicted on charges relating to sabotage of high-voltage power lines and power stations earlier this year in several cities. Among them: a terrorist attack against a railroad carrier and destruction of energy facilities, including a 115,000-volt transmission line owned by First Electric Cooperative in Jacksonville. Woodring faces up to 20 years in prison on the energy facility destruction charges, and life in prison if convicted on the terrorism charge. According to an...
  • There's Been A Major Train Derailment In The Bronx — At Least 4 Reported Dead

    12/01/2013 5:53:20 AM PST · by Cvengr · 51 replies
    "...CBS New York, citing FDNY sources, is saying there are "several injuries." Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/metro-north-train-derails-in-the-bronx-2013-12#ixzz2mEOvVQNG ..."
  • Train gets lost in Philadelphia suburbs

    11/21/2013 6:33:57 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 27 replies
    PHILADELPHIA, PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Amtrak said it is investigating after a train headed from Philadelphia to New York ended up lost in suburban Pennsylvania. Officials said Amtrak Train 644 departed Philadelphia's 30th Street Station Tuesday night and accidentally ended up on Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority tracks, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, reported Wednesday. The train traveled several miles on the wrong tracks before the mistake was noticed and it stopped at a station in Bala Cynwyd, a suburb of Philadelphia. Amtrak said the 130 passengers on the train were taken back to Philadelphia, where they boarded another train for New York....
  • U.S. to train Libyan military, including Islamic jihadists

    11/18/2013 12:02:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 18, 2013 | Robert
    Really, what could possibly go wrong? "U.S. to Train Libyan Military, Including Islamists," by Bill Gertz for the Washington Free Beacon, November 16 (thanks to Kenneth): Simi Valley, Calif. — The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Adm. William McRaven, the commander who helped lead the covert raid to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said in a brief interview Saturday that the counterterrorism training operation has not begun. “We’re...
  • Fire rages after another train derails in Canada

    10/21/2013 5:30:12 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 19, 2013 | Associated Press
    Emergency crews battled a massive fire Saturday after a Canadian National tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed west of Edmonton, Alberta, overnight. No injuries have been reported so far. Canadian National spokesman Louis-Antoine Paquin said 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine loaded with liquified petroleum gas — came off the tracks around 1 a.m. local time in the hamlet of Gainford, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Edmonton. The entire community of roughly 100 people was evacuated. Paquin says three cars containing gas were leaking and on fire. Local officials feared there could be an...
  • Two BART workers killed by train running during strike [Bay Area Rapid Transit, California]

    10/19/2013 3:15:41 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 22 replies
    sfgate.com / San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, October 19, 2013 | Erin Allday and Demian Bulwa
    <p>The two workers, whose names weren't immediately released, died at the scene after they were hit by an eastbound train, sources close to the investigation said.</p>
  • Houston company to build new refinery amid oil production boom

    09/25/2013 12:27:42 PM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 25, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Houston-based Rock River Resources will build a small refinery and facility for shipping crude by rail in Utah, providing new transportation and local refining for the growing oil production in the state, the company announced Tuesday. The $320 million project will be built in three stages, with the rail facilities coming on line first, followed by a microrefinery in Green River, Utah. The microrefinery will have a capacity of 10,000 barrels a day and will process local crudes and condensates into fuel oil, diesel and jet fuel. “The location where we are in Utah, there are not rail lines for...
  • 6 Killed as Canada Bus Strikes Passenger Train

    09/18/2013 3:55:27 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    ABC ^ | AP
    assengers screamed "Stop! Stop!" seconds before their bus crashed through a crossing barrier and into a commuter train during morning rush hour in Canada's capital on Wednesday, killing six people and injuring 34. "He smoked the train," witness Mark Cogan said of the bus driver, who was among those killed. "He went through the guard rail and just hammered the train, and then it was just mayhem." It was not immediately clear what caused the bus to smash through the lowered barrier at a crossing in suburban Ottawa. The front of the double-decker bus was ripped away by the impact,...
  • Embezzler was hired by CA high-speed rail agency

    08/29/2013 3:39:43 PM PDT · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle aka SFGate ^ | Thursday, August 29, 2013 | unk
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A woman who embezzled $320,000 from a California state agency was later hired by the state's High-Speed Rail Authority — and she says nobody asked about her background. The Sacramento Bee (http://bit.ly/141r1Z6 ) says Carey Moore spent two years in prison after pleading no contest to grand theft in 2007. Prosecutors say she embezzled from the Department of Child Support Services. In 2011, Moore was hired by the High-Speed Rail Authority. Her job included making travel plans for officials. Her state job application didn't ask whether she'd been convicted of a crime and Moore says nobody...
  • Man shoots two passengers on train - then himself - after becoming enraged

    08/25/2013 4:55:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 25, 2013 | Michael Zennie
    An ex-con opened fire on a train in New Jersey and wounded two passengers - and then himself - after becoming enraged when a stranger objected to him falling asleep on her shoulder, police said today. Tari Turpin, 34, pulled out a 9mm Glock semi-automatic pistol and started shooting aboard a PATH Train in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Sunday morning.
  • Another crude oil rail terminal slated for Canada

    08/07/2013 6:57:10 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 7, 2013 | Laura Goldberg
    Another day, another crude oil rail project in Canada. U.S. Development Group, a Houston-based developer of rail logistics and terminal facilities, said this week it would work with a Gibson, a Canadian midstream company, to build a rail loading facility near Hardistry, Alberta. “USDG has pioneered the crude-by-rail concept in key markets across the U.S.,” Mike Day, USDG’s Vice President, said in a press release. “With the Hardisty Rail Terminal, we have expanded the platform to accommodate increasing Canadian production. Developed in partnership with Gibson, the Hardisty Rail Terminal will give Canadian oil producers flexibility to obtain the best value...
  • Light-Rail to Nowhere: Honolulu, Hawaii's Train Boondoggle

    08/05/2013 6:52:55 AM PDT · by cutty · 15 replies
    Reason ^ | August 1, 2013 | Sharif Matar
    there's no reason to believe the Honolulu's rail project will do anything to improve traffic congestion. In fact, it's likely to divert resources from more-affordable solutions. "The one thing about these projects [is that] they are very inviting politically," says former Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano. Along with Cliff Slater of Honolulutraffic.com and University of Hawaii's Roth, Cayetano has filed a federal lawsuit against the rail project that's held up construction. They claim the city misled the public about the total cost of the project and didn't deliver fully on a required review of alternative solutions to a rail line. Panos...
  • Derailed train in north Louisiana carrying highly toxic substances, Jindal says

    08/04/2013 10:00:43 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/4/13 | Staff
    A train carrying highly flammable and corrosive materials derailed in north Louisiana on Sunday. Over 100 homes have been evacuated as a precaution, Gov. Bobby Jindal said, adding there were no fatalities or injuries and air monitors have not picked up anything to cause concern. According to a press release from Jindal's office, three cars were leaking as of late Sunday. One is leaking lubricant oil while a second is leaking Dodecanol, a tasteless, colorless alcohol that can cause mild skin irritation. The third, however, is carrying a highly corrosive substance called caustic soda, or lye. Two other cars containing...
  • Swiss trains collide

    07/29/2013 5:49:14 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies
    Swiss television, citing local police, reports that 44 people have been injured, four of them seriously, in a head-on train collision in the west of the country.
  • Swiss Train Collision: 44 Injured in Head-On Crash (VIDEO)

    07/29/2013 1:07:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 29, 2013 | Brittney R. Villalva
    A head on collision involving two commuter trains in Switzerland has resulted in the injury of 44 people. The collision occurred between the cities of Moudon and Payerne at about 6:50 p.m. local time, reports said. It is unclear at this point what caused the collision to occur. "We don't know why this crash happened," Swiss Federal Railways spokesman Reto Schaerli told CNN. "There is currently no train service between these two cities until midnight tonight at least."
  • Vancouver port OKs train terminal

    07/29/2013 7:26:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of July 28, 2013 | Gary Park
    A partnership of Tesoro and Savage has received a green light to take the next step towards shipping Bakken crude through the Port of Vancouver at the same time environmentalists are mounting opposition to the plan, building their case on this month’s Quebec rail disaster. The Tesoro-Savage plan to lease 41 acres of oil terminal facilities for $45 million over 10 years was approved July 22 by port commissioners and now goes to the Washington state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, which will make a recommendation to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The companies said they expect to spend about $100...
  • Japanese crowd pushes 32-ton train to save woman stuck between car and platform

    07/28/2013 8:22:07 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    AP/NY post ^ | July 22, 2013
    <p>Short AP and NYP articles must be excerpted to 50% of content.</p>
  • Driver investigated after 78 killed in Spain train crash, report says

    07/25/2013 9:23:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 25, 2013
    MADRID – Authorities in Spain opened a formal investigation into the train conductor in the deadly train crash that killed at least 78 in northwestern Spain Thursday after the train jumped the tracks on a curvy stretch just before arriving in the northwestern shrine city of Santiago de Compostela. Reuters reported that the conductor was not immediately identified but cited local newspapers that reported driver Francisco Jose Garzon assisted in helping the victims and yelled, “I’ve derailed! What do I do?” during a phone call. There were two drivers. One was trapped in his cabin and radioed that the train...
  • Spanish official: 20 dead in train crash

    07/24/2013 2:02:26 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 5:00 PM EDT, Wed July 24, 2013
    At least 20 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a train crash Wednesday in northwestern Spain, a senior aide to Spain's prime minister told CNN's Al Goodman. Investigators are looking at all possible causes of the crash, though their initial assessment is that it likely wasn't the result of terrorism.
  • WATCH: The moment a high speed train derails in Spain killing 77, including Americans

    07/25/2013 5:54:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/25/13 | JOE TACOPINO
    A passenger train derailed in Spain yesterday, killing at least 77 people trapped inside the crushed cars and injuring 143. There were Americans among the dead, according to television reports. The tragic high-speed derailment, along a curving stretch of track in the northwestern part of the country, was Spain’s worst rail accident in decades, officials said. Bodies were covered by blankets along the tracks as rescuers used pickaxes to pry open the cars and free people inside the train cars.
  • The nub of Lac-Megantic; NTSB estimates cost of $15,000 per car to meet new standards

    07/19/2013 1:37:19 PM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of July 21, 2013 | Gary Park
    There’s a skeleton in the closet that the crude oil industry would sooner not acknowledge. In the wake of the Quebec rail disaster, which is expected to cost 50 lives and untold billions of dollars in rebuilding, compensation and litigation, the crude-by-rail-or-pipeline debate is raging in backrooms and private conversations. But none of those most closely involved wants to put the issue on the table until there has been a seemly period of grieving and a chance for the 6,000 people of Lac-Megantic to reorder their lives. Moody’s Investors Service, the rating agency, said two-thirds of North Dakota’s Bakken production,...
  • Deadly Derailment Won't Stop Oil on Trains

    07/19/2013 6:12:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    AP via Rig Zone ^ | July 19, 2013 | Jonathan Fahey
    ...A fiery and fatal train derailment earlier this month in Quebec, near the Maine border, highlighted the danger of moving oil by rail. But while the practice could be made safer, it won't be stopped in its tracks. This year, more trains carrying crude will chug across North America than ever before — nearly 1,400 carloads a day. In 2009, there were just 31 carloads a day.... Even safety experts worried about the dangers of shipping oil by rail acknowledge that the safety record of railroads is good — and improving. The scope of the Lac-Megantic disaster, which is still...
  • Engineer at Center of Train Derailment Speaks Out

    07/17/2013 5:00:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 16, 2013 | Associated Press|
    The engineer who parked the oil train that rolled away, derailed and exploded in the center of a Quebec town was heard from Tuesday for the first time since the July 6 disaster that killed 50 people, with his lawyer saying he is "devastated."... Lawyer Thomas Walsh said Tom Harding needs time to recover from the shock. Walsh said he hopes to get psychological help for his client, who has been staying at an undisclosed location to stay away from the media. "I used the word 'devastated,' and I think that's one word that's applicable, but he's very, very low,"...
  • French rail crash horror as train smashes into platform south of Paris

    07/12/2013 1:04:17 PM PDT · by Shery · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 7.12.2013 | By ANTHONY BOND and PETER ALLEN
    At least seven people have been killed and 60 seriously injured after a packed passenger train derailed south of Paris this evening. The high speed intercity train was travelling from the French capital to the city of Limoges when it derailed onto its side in a train station in the suburb of Bretigny-sur-Orge at about 3.15pm GMT. The accident has left seven people dead, with the victims being crushed to death or electrocuted. Rescue workers are now Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2362061/Seven-people-crushed-death-electrocuted-French-rail-crash-horror-train-smashes-platform-south-Paris.html#ixzz2Yraf3s12
  • Train crash in Paris suburb reportedly kills at least eight passengers

    07/12/2013 11:00:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    -excerpt- The Telegraph reports that a red alert has been issued after a train accident involving a commuter train in the southern Paris suburb of Brétigny-sur-Orge. Train officials have confirmed that 350 people were on board the passenger train when it crashed shortly after 5 p.m. local time.
  • Meanwhile In Europe - Burning 787 Boeing In Heathrow; Crashed Train In Paris

    07/12/2013 9:34:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 12, 2013
    First it was imploding peripheral bond markets, now Europe is closing off the weak with even worse news, following reports of a burning Ethiopian Airlines plane in Heathrow as well as news of a commuter train crash in Paris with numerous trapped and 8 dead according to Parisien. Hopefully this is not an indication of what happens to global infrastructure when corporations ignore their maintenance CapEx for 4 years in a row. First this: 'Many Casualties' In Paris Train Derailment http://t.co/ix35wGZu2T — Sky News (@SkyNews) July 12, 2013 Reports of Ethiopian plane on fire at Heathrow Airport, no reports of...
  • Lac Megantic explosion: Controversies and contradictions amid the despair (LOCOMOTIVES FOUND by LSM)

    07/11/2013 3:50:03 PM PDT · by Paladin2 · 38 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 7/11/2013 | Rosie DiManno
    Five locomotives, the front end of a death train, sit almost completely hidden on a shabby stretch of track nestled within lakeside bush. A person could pull the stakes out of the rotting and splintered ties with one good yank. Yet this corroded rail line held fast against the wheels of a runaway train’s forward section — the stubby head of the beast — with no engineer at the switch, no human manipulating any of the route. How this severed section of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railroad freight train got to this location remains a matter of speculation. Officials...
  • Lac-Megantic inferno could boost Keystone XL in pipeline debate

    07/11/2013 11:39:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    CALGARY HERALD ^ | JULY 9, 2013 | WILLIAM MARSDEN
    The deadly explosion of a derailed train carrying crude oil in the remote town of Lac-Megantic, Que., is likely to spark fresh arguments in the rancorous debate over the safety of the Keystone XL pipeline. "TransCanada and the other pipeline proponents are going to try to use this (accident) to boost their case, but it's a real double-edged sword for them," Keith Steward, the climate and energy co-ordinator at Greenpeace in Toronto, said. "Pipelines and rail both have safety issues and both can be a hell of a lot safer than they are today." The recent boom in oil production...
  • Employee 'failed to properly set the brakes' on runaway train that hit Canadian town.....

    07/10/2013 8:25:29 PM PDT · by rawhide · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-10-13
    The president and CEO of the railway's parent company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people while another 45 remain missing. Edward Burkhardt made the comments during a visit Wednesday to the town that was devastated by the runaway oil train four days ago. 'It was questionable whether hand brakes were put I place at this time,' Burkhardt said. 'I don't think any employees removed brakes. They failed to set the brakes.' 'I think he did something wrong ...We think he applied some...
  • Lac-Megantic crash could be oil-by-rail’s Exxon Valdez

    07/10/2013 10:47:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 72 replies
    Platts ^ | July 10, 2013 | Melanie Wold
    As the smoke clears (literally) in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, after a runaway train packed with crude oil tankers crashed July 6, the oil industry is coming to terms with a business that has perhaps grown too far too fast. The Lac-Megantic accident is shining an unwelcome spotlight on the lack of regulatory oversight on oil by rail in both the US and Canada. The fact that the rail cars (belonging to the Maine, Montreal & Atlantic rail company) that crashed and exploded were considered unfit to carry hazardous materials sharpens that focus. Getting landlocked crude out of newer fields in North...
  • 18 minutes of silence: No alert went out as runaway train barrelled into Quebec town

    07/10/2013 5:35:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    CALGARY HERALD ^ | JULY 9, 2013 | PAOLA LORIGGIO
    Authorities were never made aware that a runaway train was on its way to levelling part of a small Quebec town, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Tuesday. Rail dispatchers had no chance to intervene during the fateful 18-minute journey because they didn’t know it was happening, TSB investigator Donald Ross told a news conference. “There were no signals nor track circuits, so the rail-traffic controller had no — and would have had no — indication that there had been a runaway train,” he said. Such systems are in place on busier rail lines including the one linking Montreal...
  • Canada Train Wreck Shows Need For Keystone Pipeline

    07/09/2013 4:23:11 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | July 9, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A n oil-laden train not unlike those rolling down American tracks derailed and exploded Saturday in a Canadian town, proving why pipelines are safer and environmentalist opposition to a pipeline from Canada is misguided. At least 13 people were reported dead and 37 missing in the charred Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, 130 miles east of Montreal, after the accident created an inferno of burning crude. Some may never be found, likely vaporized by the sheer intensity of the blaze that burned for 36 hours. Canada's oil boom, due largely to development of the oil sands in its western province of...
  • Criminal probe into Canada train disaster

    07/09/2013 5:28:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 23:48
    Police open investigation into deadly derailment in Quebec as dozens of bodies remain buried in ruins. At least 15 people were killed and many more went missing after an oil train derailed at a speed of 63mph [EPA] Canadian police have opened a criminal probe into a fatal oil train blast in the town of Lac-Megantic, following claims and counter claims by operators and firefighters over the causes.Police also raised the death toll from Saturday's blast to 15 from 13 on Tuesday and said the total number of dead and missing people was 50.Quebec police inspector Michel Forget told a...
  • Report: Railway head says train in Canada tampered with

    07/09/2013 7:43:28 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | 9 Jul 2013
    CNN) -- The chairman of the company whose driverless train barreled into the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic and unleashed a deadly inferno told a Montreal newspaper he believes it had been tampered with. "We have evidence of this," Ed Burkhardt said in an interview published by the Montreal Gazette. "But this is an item that needs further investigation. We need to talk to some people we believe to have knowledge of this." The company did not immediately return phone calls from CNN about the report. Burkhardt is the chief executive officer and president of Rail World, the parent company...
  • Rail disaster underscores risks in oil transportation

    07/09/2013 8:39:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 9, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    A deadly crude oil train disaster in Canada has brought renewed scrutiny to the growing use of rail to carry oil – including hundreds of thousands of barrels in Texas – and prompted worries that the higher volume will mean more accidents. Though rail proponents say moving crude by train is safe, federal regulators and others say that pipelines are safer, a stance that has played a role in the debate over the planned Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Texas coast. And regardless of the relative safety of the two transportation modes, the mere fact that more crude...
  • Canada oil train disaster a lesson for Keystone XL opponents

    07/09/2013 7:19:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/09/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    American greenies imagine they can save the planet by stopping construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but in the real world they will expose Mother Gaia (and human beings) to greater harm by forcing more oil to be transported by rail. Pipelines are far safer than rail transportation, as we are reminded by the horror that engulfed much of the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec in flames. Thirteen people are known dead, but as many as 50 are missing, while charred bodies still are being pulled from the ruins. This reality should haunt the nightmares of greenies, people generally given to...
  • Insight: How a train ran away and devastated a Canadian town

    07/09/2013 4:43:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 8, 2013 10:06pm | P.J. Huffstutter and Richard Valdmanis
    ...The locomotive caught fire, so firefighters shut off the engine to stop the flames from spreading. That slowly disengaged the air brakes, and the driverless train carrying 72 cars of crude oil rolled downhill into the scenic lakeside town of Lac-Megantic, derailing, exploding and leveling the town center. At least 13 people were killed and some 37 are still missing, according to Canadian police... He secured the train at 11:25 p.m. on Friday, setting the air brakes and hand brakes, according to MMA. Burkhardt said the engineer set the brakes on all five locomotives at the front of the train,...
  • Tampering alleged in fiery Quebec train crash (With video)

    07/08/2013 7:49:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Windsor Star ^ | Jul 08, 2013 - 10:36 PM EDT | Peggy Curran, Postmedia News
    LAC-MÉGANTIC, Que. — As the confirmed death toll climbed here Monday, the head of the company whose runaway train was at the centre of this tragedy says he is certain a locomotive was tampered with. “We have evidence of this,” said Ed Burkhardt, chairman of The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. “But this is an item that needs further investigation. We need to talk to some people we believe have knowledge of this.” ... The ensuing crash and explosions destroyed a stunning swath of the downtown and are now being blamed for 13 confirmed deaths. With the number of people...
  • 40 still missing in deadly Canada oil train crash

    07/08/2013 12:50:43 PM PDT · by Islander828 · 45 replies
    Yahoo; AP ^ | 7/8/2013 | Associated Press writer Rob Gillies and Charmaine Noronha contributed from Toronto. James MacPherson
    LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters' attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said. Meanwhile, crews worked to contain oil spilling in the Claudiere River which feeds into the St. Lawrence.