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Missouri Senate OKs fuel tax hike to pay for roads, bridges

Missouri Senate OKs fuel tax hike to pay for roads, bridges

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would raise the state’s fuel tax by nearly 6 cents per gallon to pay for road and bridge projects. Bill sponsor Sen. Doug Libla has said Missouri’s infrastructure needs drastic repairs the state cannot currently afford. About 640 of the state’s bridges are in critical condition and ...

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Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

Gas line explosions bring new safety proposal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials moved Thursday to strengthen safety rules for the nation’s 300,000-mile network of natural gas transmission pipelines in response to numerous fiery accidents, including a 2010 California explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. The Department of Transportation proposal would expand inspection and repair rules to include lines in some rural areas ...

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Feds reject call for tougher fire-resistance for crude oil tank cars

Federal officials have rejected a call to toughen the fire-resistance of railroad tank cars that carry highly flammable crude oil, hundreds of which pass through the Chicago area each day. The U.S. Department of Transportation is standing by its decision issued last spring that new and retrofitted tank cars be required to withstand being engulfed in a pool of burning ...

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Study expects Wyoming trucking jobs to increase

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Finding drivers for his small local trucking firm is one of the biggest struggles of Matt Davis’ job. “We are talking about $60,000-a-year jobs, and I can’t seem to get people to apply,” he said. “With everything going on in the oil fields, it’s a just a real pain to get qualified drivers.” Davis is the owner ...

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Oil train risks affect many U.S. schools, group says

HOUSTON – Thousands of U.S. schools sit along rail corridors used to carry toxic substances such as crude oil and would be at risk in the event of a derailment, an environmental group said on Tuesday as it called for a temporary halt on oil trains. ForestEthics said its analysis of U.S. Department of Education data show nearly 15,000 schools ...

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US offers $10 million in grants for railroad crossing fixes

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. transportation officials will offer $10 million in grants for states to upgrade highway-rail crossings and tracks in response to a recent surge in flammable fuel shipments. Wednesday’s planned announcement from the Department of Transportation comes as rail crossing collisions have increased over the past several years, following more than three decades of steady declines. There were ...

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Feds warn railroads to comply with oil train notification requirement

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation has warned railroads that they must continue to notify states of large crude oil shipments after several states reported not getting updated information for as long as a year. The department imposed the requirement in May 2014 following a series of fiery oil train derailments. It was designed to help state and local ...

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Railroads use new oil shipment rule to fight transparency

WASHINGTON – Railroads may have found a new weapon in their fight to keep information about oil train shipments from the public: a federal rule that was supposed to increase transparency. The U.S. Department of Transportation insists that its May 1 final rule on oil trains, which mostly addresses an outdated tank car design, does not support the railroads’ position, ...

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BNSF drops plan to buy tank cars on customer concerns

HOUSTON – BNSF Railway Co this week told customers it had dropped a plan announced last year to buy 5,000 stronger crude oil tank cars after customers were concerned about the company moving into railcar ownership. The letter from the company, owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, went out a week and a half after the U.S. Department of ...

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