Viewpoint: Why is rail being left out of regulatory discussions?

Maritime and trucking sectors get plenty of attention, but rail is apparently an afterthought View article in its entirety at the FreightWaves. — Authors: Jason Doering and Matt Parker This commentary was written by professional locomotive engineers Jason Doering and Matt Parker. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the … Continue reading Viewpoint: Why is rail being left out of regulatory discussions?

Arbitrator Finds That Section 6 Bargaining Regarding Crew Consist Can Begin

View article in its entirety at SMART-TD. On July 28, 2021, a Neutral appointed by the National Mediation Board issued his ruling finding that on certain railroad properties, the current moratoria in those crew consist agreements do not prohibit the railroads from serving a Section 6 Notice regarding crew size. The properties affected or having no current moratorium include certain properties at BNSF, UP, NS … Continue reading Arbitrator Finds That Section 6 Bargaining Regarding Crew Consist Can Begin

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

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

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