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Report: US Miscalculated Benefit of Better Train Brakes

BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont. A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont. (Matthew Brown/AP)

BILLINGS, Mont. — President Donald Trump’s administration miscalculated the potential benefits of putting better brakes on trains that haul explosive fuels when it scrapped an Obama-era rule over cost concerns, The Associated Press has found. A government analysis used to justify the cancellation omitted up to $117 million in estimated future damages from train derailments that could be avoided by using electronic brakes.

Matthew Brown | Associated Press
December 27, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Renews Call For Oil Train Moratorium

Oregon Office of the Governor

Gov. Kate Brown again called for a moratorium on oil trains in Oregon, after federal regulators released findings June 23 that blamed this month's fiery derailment and spill in the Columbia River Gorge on Union Pacific's failure to maintain its tracks.

Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
June 24, 2016
Business, Fuel

Oregon Calls for Indefinite Moratorium on Oil Trains Through the State

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Oregon has asked the Federal Railroad Administration to place an open-ended moratorium on oil trains traveling through the state, because preliminary findings of an investigation into the June 3 derailment in Mosier suggest inspectors might not be able to detect the problem that likely caused the crash.

Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian (Portland, Ore.)
June 21, 2016
Business, Fuel

Lower Speed Limits Part of Safety Proposal for Oil Trains

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Trains carrying crude oil will be restricted to a 40 mph speed limit in populated areas such as New York under an order by the U.S. Department of Transportation in response to a series of derailments.

Jim Snyder | Bloomberg News
April 17, 2015
Government, Business, Fuel

Safety Agencies Seek to Increase Budgets to Hire Inspectors for Oil Transport


The three agencies that oversee truck, railroad and pipeline safety are asking to hire more inspectors to address concerns generated by the nation’s energy boom.

Michele Fuetsch | Staff Reporter
March 27, 2015
Business, Fuel

Speed Limits May Not Stop Fiery Oil Spills, Rail Chief Says

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Lower speed limits for railroads may be ineffective at keeping oil trains on the tracks and preventing massive fireballs, such as those triggered in a series of recent derailments, the chief U.S. railroad regulator said.

Jim Snyder | Bloomberg News
March 16, 2015
Business, Fuel

Trains Carrying Crude in Canada to Face Tougher Safety Standards

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Canada is strengthening proposed new safety standards for rail cars carrying crude oil, requiring thicker steel and other improvements after a 2013 derailment killed 47 people.

Josh Wingrove | Bloomberg News
March 12, 2015
Business, Fuel

CN Rail, BNSF Tackle Accidents as Group Seeks Ban on Oil Trains

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Canadian National Railway Co. is building a 1,500-foot long track to bypass a burning train that derailed March 7 in northern Ontario, while BNSF Railway Co. crews are working to reopen track in rural Illinois after a train carrying oil derailed March 5.

Doug Alexander | Bloomberg News
March 9, 2015
Business, Fuel

Oil Train Derails in Illinois

A BNSF Railway Co. train carrying 103 cars of crude oil derailed in rural Illinois March 5 and U.S. regulators said a fire had broken out. There were no reports of injuries.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
March 6, 2015
Business, Fuel

Oil Train Crash Adds Pressure for New Safety Standards

Video images of a fireball billowing from the wreckage of a derailed train hauling Bakken crude are adding to pressure on federal regulators to act on new safety standards for oil shipments.

Thomas Black | Bloomberg News
Jim Snyder | Bloomberg News
February 18, 2015