Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

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?

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

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

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

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