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

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?

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

Environmental Groups Sue Trump Admin to Stop LNG Trains

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 … Continue reading Environmental Groups Sue Trump Admin to Stop LNG Trains

The Bakken Boom Goes Bust With No Money to Clean up the Mess

View article in its entirety at Desmog.— Author: Justin Mikulka More than a decade ago, fracking took off in the Bakken shale of North Dakota and Montana, but the oil rush that followed has resulted in major environmental damage, risky oil transportation without regulation, pipeline permitting issues, and failure to produce profits. Now, after all of that, the Bakken oil … Continue reading The Bakken Boom Goes Bust With No Money to Clean up the Mess

Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin

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 … Continue reading Safety Can’t Be a ‘Pretext’ for Regulating Unsafe Oil Trains, Says Trump Admin