What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains

Image: Freight train burning in Lac-Megantic, Quebec Credit: Transportation Safety Board, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The top oil trade group, which a senior Exxon lobbyist recently described as one of the company’s “whipping boys,” used similar delay tactics to push back against oil-by-rail safety rules. Senior ExxonMobil lobbyists were recently exposed by undercover reporting from UnEarthed, an investigative… Read More What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains

Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

View article in its entirety at the Toronto Star. — Author: Bruce Campbell The Lac-Mégantic oil train derailment on July 6, 2013 was the worst industrial disaster on Canadian soil in over a century: 47 people killed; 26 children orphaned; the town centre incinerated; an unprecedented six million litre spill of toxic shale oil; ongoing environmental,… Read More Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

CP Rail leaves mountain train parked without crew or handbrakes near site of deadly 2019 runaway crash

View article in its entirety at CBC News. — Authors: Dave Seglins, Joseph Loiero Transport Canada says there was ‘immediate threat’ of another disaster WARNING: This story contains language that some readers may find offensive. Canadian Pacific Railway is under fire after leaving a 2.5-kilometre-long grain train parked without handbrakes last month high in the mountains… Read More CP Rail leaves mountain train parked without crew or handbrakes near site of deadly 2019 runaway crash

The Auditor General’s 2021 Report on Rail Safety: Another Groundhog Day

View article in its entirety at National Newswatch. — Author: Bruce Campbell Last Thursday [February 25] the Auditor General [AG] released a series of reports, including the lack of government supports to ensure safe drinking water for indigenous communities, and mismanagement of the government’s shipbuilding plan. Receiving much less attention was its report on rail safety, the… Read More The Auditor General’s 2021 Report on Rail Safety: Another Groundhog Day

Opinion: Bakken Oil Trains Unsafe at any Speed due to Volatile Oil

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

Regulators Discuss LNG-by-Rail Safety Concerns — After Approving New Rule To Allow Transporting LNG by Rail

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

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

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?