View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka On December 22, 2020, a train carrying over 100 tank cars of Bakken oil derailed and caught fire in the small Washington town of Custer. This accident highlights how the regulatory system has failed to protect the public and — in the case of the last… Read More Opinion: Bakken Oil Trains Unsafe at any Speed due to Volatile Oil
View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka New regulations were announced by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in July 2020 allowing the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. That same month, PHMSA released the interim report for its LNG-by-rail task force. It concluded: “The task force did not identify any new safety gaps… Read More Regulators Discuss LNG-by-Rail Safety Concerns — After Approving New Rule To Allow Transporting LNG by Rail
This Month, NWSOFA will feature a discussion on railroad transportation of dangerous goods including oil trains and other hazardous goods transported through our rails, roads, and air. Moderator Gerri Songer will host: • Bruce Campbell (formerly with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)• Investigative Journalist Justin Mikulka • Railroad Workers United representatives Fritz Edler, Mark Burrows, and… Read More EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?
Information compiled by Railroad Workers United (RWU). RWU has documented 41 major derailments in the U.S. and Canada in 2020. Thankfully, these derailments did not result in injury or death in most cases. While not as disastrous as the previous year, this is still of course way too many. NOTE: This list was compiled informally and… Read More Major Derailments of 2020
View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka A train carrying over 100 cars of volatile Bakken oil derailed in Washington state, causing the evacuation of the town of Custer. At least two of the train cars ruptured and the oil ignited and burned — reminding us once again why these dangerous trains are… Read More Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures
Only one candidate for President supports two person crews that will preserve the safety of railroaders and local communities. That candidate is Joe Biden.
View article in its entirety at the Desmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka Nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a coalition of environmental groups against the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), challenging a recently finalized Trump administration rule to allow the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail. “It would only take… Read More Environmental Groups Sue Trump Admin to Stop LNG Trains
View article in its entirety at NBC News. — By: David K. Li and Liza Torres Tempe firefighters, paramedics and police rushed to a rail bridge over Tempe Town Lake, following the 6:15 a.m. MT derailment which sent smoke plumes visible for miles. The bridge were the accident happened had recently been inspected, on July… Read More Bridge partially collapses near Phoenix in wake of massive fire and train derailment
View article in its entirety at the National Observer. — Author: Bruce S. Cambell July 6, 2020, is the seventh anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster, which killed 47 people and orphaned 26 children, spilled an unprecedented six million litres of explosive Bakken shale oil, and incinerated the centre of this Québec town. It was… Read More Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?
— 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