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. View article in its entirety at the DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka Senior ExxonMobil … Continue reading 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, … Continue reading Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

Bruce Campbell: Lac-Mégantic Update

For those still following the Lac-Mégantic saga, you may be aware that Canadian Pacific (CP) took over the Central Maine and Québec Railway (CMQR), which in turn had taken it over from the defunct Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic Railway (MMA), and which many years prior had belonged to CP. CP is still in court fighting the civil … Continue reading Bruce Campbell: Lac-Mégantic Update

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

Major Derailments of 2020

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 with … Continue reading Major Derailments of 2020

Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures

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 … Continue reading Another Bomb Train Accident Highlights Regulatory Failures

Amid Terror Warnings, Railroad Industry Group Passed Intel On Environmental Journalist To Cops

"It appears as though the rail industry will stop at nothing to attack anyone who dares to speak out publicly against it. What is truly scary is the potential damage an industry can do to someone willing to do the right thing and take a stand in a humanitarian effort to protect rail workers and to … Continue reading Amid Terror Warnings, Railroad Industry Group Passed Intel On Environmental Journalist To Cops