Transportation

"Russia Ships First Arctic Oil, Fortifies Oil Defenses"

"Riding on his pride in the first export of Russian Arctic oil earlier this month, President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows oil and gas corporations to establish private armed security forces to defend their infrastructure, upping the ante for protestors."

Source: ENS, 04/30/2014

"Despite Rise in Spills, Hazardous Cargo Rides Rails in Secret"

"Jodi Ross, town manager in Westford, Mass., did not expect she would be threatened with arrest after she and her fire chief went onto the railroad tracks to find out why a train carrying liquid petroleum gas derailed on a bridge in February. But as they reached the accident site northwest of Boston, a manager for Pan Am Railways called the police, claiming she was trespassing on rail property. The cars were eventually put back on the tracks safely, but the incident underlined a reality for local officials dealing with railroads."

Source: NY Times, 04/16/2014

Crude Trains Should Have at Least 2-Man Crews, Federal Regulators Say

"Responding to a series of fiery train derailments, federal regulators said Wednesday they will propose that trains transporting crude oil have at least two-man crews and requirements aimed at preventing parked train cars from coming loose and causing an accident like one in July that killed 47 people."

Source: AP, 04/11/2014

Sacramento Officials Kept in Dark About Rail Facility Crude Transfers

"SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Since at least last September, trains carrying tank cars filled with crude oil have rolled into the the former McClellan Air Force base. Workers have transferred the oil, including some volatile Bakken crude, from trains to tanker trucks, which take it to Bay Area refineries."

Source: McClatchy, 03/31/2014

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