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?
View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka The federal agency overseeing the safe transport of hazardous materials released a stunning explanation of its May 11 decision striking down a Washington state effort to regulate trains carrying volatile oil within its borders. A state cannot use “safety as a pretext for inhibiting market growth,” wrote Paul… Read More Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin
View article in its entirety at Railway Age. — Author: William C. Vantuono In response to a Petition from the Association of American Railroads (AAR), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a 60-day emergency waiver for certain requirements of FRA’s… Read More FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights
— 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
Hazardous Materials Near Schools Looking for something to do tonight? Come join NWSOFA-Indivisible from the comfort of your home as we discuss online the local impact of crude-by-rail transport and storage along with the dangers it presents to our schools. Local activist, Gerri Songer, will be joined by members of Railroad Workers United (RWU) Mark… Read More Come Join Us!
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
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)
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
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
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