Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

“Just because an industry CAN do something doesn't mean an industry SHOULD be doing it!” emphasized Fritz Edler, a veteran railroader with experience as a rail freight car builder and repairer. Edler has worked in many capacities, from maintaining tracks and bridges to running high speed trains. Based in Washington D.C., Edler has broad rail … Continue reading Veteran Railroader Fritz Edler Offers Recommendations

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?

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

ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods

Please take a moment to sign Environmental Actions's petition. Nobody wants massive tanks of dangerous, explosive fuel in their neighborhood -- but the Trump administration is proposing to transport volatile liquefied fracked gas on railroads across the country.1 This plan is a disaster waiting to happen. There are more than 140,000 miles of freight railroads … Continue reading ACTION ALERT: Dangerous explosives shouldn’t be shipped through our neighborhoods

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 … Continue reading ADOPTED: SR 982 Hazardous Material Near School

Network for Responsible Public Policy

Fossil fuels, depending on where they are extracted, may need to travel across long distances. There are real risks associated with the transportation of fossil fuels, whether by train, truck, or boat, all have histories of spills, explosions, fatalities, and damage. New Jersey needs to end dependence on fossil fuels and move to renewable energy. … Continue reading Network for Responsible Public Policy

Forecast for 2020: More Oil Trains, Fires, Spills, and the Rise of LNG by Rail

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka The deadly 2013 oil train accident in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, which spilled oil, caused a fiery explosion, and killed 47 people, was only the most high-profile in a string of oil train derailments and fires which suggest what happened in December was not at all unusual … Continue reading Forecast for 2020: More Oil Trains, Fires, Spills, and the Rise of LNG by Rail

House Democrats seek to slow White House plan for LNG rail shipments

View article at Freightwaves. — Author: Joanna Marsh The Democratic head of the House committee with transportation oversight wants to put the brakes on a Trump administration proposal to let freight railroads haul liquefied natural gas in tank cars. Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-New Jersey) on Sept. 12 introduced a bill requiring extensive … Continue reading House Democrats seek to slow White House plan for LNG rail shipments

Trump Admin Proposes New Rule to Allow Shipping Flammable LNG by Rail

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka President Trump has made clear that he wants to move the nation's glut of fracked natural gas onto trains and then to ships for sale abroad. In response to Trump's April executive order pushing federal agencies to make that happen, the Department of Transportation (DOT) on October 18 announced … Continue reading Trump Admin Proposes New Rule to Allow Shipping Flammable LNG by Rail