Hazardous Materials Near Schools

— Post By:  Shelly Burke Below is a link to an online presentation of Hazardous Materials Near Schools (March 24, 2020).  The presentation was organized by NWSOFA and endorsed by Railroad Workers United (RWU). Local activist, Gerri Songer, and RWU members Mark Burrows and Shelly Burke discuss the hazards associated with transporting and storing hazardous… Read More Hazardous Materials Near Schools

Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka ExxonMobil is a company capable of contradictions. It has been lobbying against government efforts to address climate change while running ads touting its own efforts to do so. And while the oil giant has been responsible for massive methane releases, Exxon has now proposed a new regulatory… Read More Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

ADOPTED: SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School

Thank you to all who helped with witness slips – SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School was adopted by the Senate on February 26, 2020. Following the testimony of Gerri Songer, an educator for Township High School District 214, SR 982 received a unanimous vote in favor of moving the legislation to the Senate floor.  The Resolution… Read More ADOPTED: SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School

ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)

Witness Slips are needed prior to Tuesday, February 25, 2020 for SR0982 HAZARDOUS MATERIAL NEAR SCHOOL – this is very quick and easy to do. SR0982 is an Illinois state resolution urging local emergency response planning officials to partner with school districts in their region in order to disseminate information pertaining to safety threats related to the storage… Read More ACTION ALERT: SR0982 Hazardous Material Near School (Time Sensitive)

Fiery Train Derailment in Kentucky Spills Ethanol Into River

View article in its entirety at The New York Times. — By: The Associated Press A large rock slide on a rain-saturated mountain caused a fiery train derailment Thursday morning in eastern Kentucky that briefly trapped two crew members and caused a chemical leak into a river, authorities said. Two crew members of the CSX… Read More Fiery Train Derailment in Kentucky Spills Ethanol Into River

Recording of CN Ordering Fatigued Conductor to Work

View article in its entirety at The Star. — Author:  Brennan Doherty One of the biggest concerns for engineers is fatigue — and it isn’t confined to one particular company. According to an annual watchlist from the Transportation Safety Board, an independent investigator charged with improving safety practices, sleep-related fatigue issues have been a contributing… Read More Recording of CN Ordering Fatigued Conductor to Work

FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews

View article in its entirety at Sheet Metal|Air|Rail|Transportation (SMART). — Jeremy R. Ferguson – President, Transportation Division The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in a 41-page report released Jan. 13th by its Office of Research, Development and Technology said what railroaders already know. Researchers at the Volpe Center over a period of years performed cognitive task analyses… Read More FRA’s Own Report Blows Hole in Arguments Against Two-Person Freight Crews

Railroad Under Fire as Questions Abound Concerning 2019 Runaway Train that Killed Three Crew Members

Reported By: Rail Workers Weekly News Digest On February 4th, 2019, Canadian Pacific Train #301 rolled away down Field Hill in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. The train’s lead locomotive, mid-train DPU and 99 cars of grain derailed, killing all three crew members aboard. Now, as the anniversary of that tragic wreck approaches,… Read More Railroad Under Fire as Questions Abound Concerning 2019 Runaway Train that Killed Three Crew Members

Canadian Town Evacuated After Another Oil Train Derails and Burns

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka Early in the morning of February 6, an oil train derailed and caught fire near Guernsey, Saskatchewan, resulting in the Canadian village’s evacuation. This is the second oil train to derail and burn near Guernsey, following one in December that resulted in a fire… Read More Canadian Town Evacuated After Another Oil Train Derails and Burns