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

RWU Special Bulletin

Railroad Workers United has made no endorsement of candidates in the U.S. elections. Their position has always been that the electoral system - currently monopolized as it is by the Democrats and Republicans - serves the interests of the rail carriers, big business, Wall Street, corporate America and the wealthy. You can view their official … Continue reading RWU Special Bulletin

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

Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

View article in its entirety at the National Observer. — Author: Bruce S. Cambell July 6, 2020, is the seventh anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster, which killed 47 people and orphaned 26 children, spilled an unprecedented six million litres of explosive Bakken shale oil, and incinerated the centre of this Québec town. It was … Continue reading Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

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

FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

View article in its entirety at Railway Age. — Author: William C. Vantuono In response to a Petition from the Association of American Railroads (AAR), American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) and American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a 60-day emergency waiver for certain requirements of FRA’s … Continue reading FRA Waives Regulations, Violating Preexisting Workers’ Rights

Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions

View article in its entirety at DeSmog. — Author: Justin Mikulka ExxonMobil is a company capable of contradictions. It has been lobbying against government efforts to address climate change while running ads touting its own efforts to do so. And while the oil giant has been responsible for massive methane releases, Exxon has now proposed a new regulatory … Continue reading Exxon Now Wants to Write the Rules for Regulating Methane Emissions