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Canada to ban rail cars involved in fiery crash

MONTREAL (AP) — Canada’s transport minister says the rail car model involved in a fiery crash that killed 47 people in Quebec three years ago will no longer be allowed to transport oil in Canada as of Nov. 1. Marc Garneau said Monday that older tankers, called DOT-111 cars, and a version jacketed with an extra layer of metal to ...

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Quebec town ravaged by train fire wants rail to bypass it

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LAC MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — A runaway oil train brought death and destruction to this tiny community in Quebec, killing 47 people and destroying dozens of buildings. Three years later, trains still roll through downtown, just feet from restaurants and shops. Residents who see them as a haunting reminder of the conflagration want trains re-routed around the town, and a ...

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Burlington vigil to mark Quebec oil train wreck anniversary

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Environmentalists in Vermont are planning a vigil to mark the third anniversary of the wreck of an oil train in Quebec that killed 47. The group, 350-Vermont, says the July 6, 2013 accident in southeastern Quebec highlighted the dangers of the growing use of trains to ship crude oil. The group is planning its event on ...

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Report: Oil train safety violations should be prosecuted

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says federal regulators are failing to refer serious safety violations involving freight rail shipments of crude oil for criminal prosecution. A report by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general also says the Federal Railroad Administration doesn’t have a complete understanding of the risks involving more than 400,000 tank cars of oil shipped across the ...

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Lac-Megantic settlement fund ready for distribution

Mourners walk the perimeter of the red zone as rescue workers line the streets following a memorial service to honour the victims of the train derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec July 27, 2013. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

PORTLAND, Maine — The massive settlement fund for the families of 48 people killed in the July 2013 Lac-Megantic oil train explosion has been transferred into a trust and will go to victims’ families early next year. The bankruptcy trustee for the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway and the official overseeing bankruptcy proceedings in Canada announced late Tuesday that the ...

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AP: Railroads beat back new safety rules after derailments

A pair of train derailments in 2012 that killed two people in Maryland and triggered a fiery explosion in Ohio exposed a little-known and unsettling truth about railroads in the U.S. and Canada: No rules govern when rail becomes too worn down to be used for hauling hazardous chemicals, thousands of tons of freight or myriad other products on almost ...

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State AG pushes for oil train restriction

TICONDEROGA — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants a federal agency to close a loophole that he says allows highly flammable crude oil to be shipped by rail. He filed a petition for rulemaking this week with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that would require all crude oil transported by rail in the United States to achieve ...

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Editorial: It’s time lawmakers get rail safety on track

Janesville residents should appreciate that trains rolling through the Five Points intersection on the west edge of downtown don’t carry volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and Montana. However, they do carry ethanol from Milton’s factory. They carry anhydrous ammonia used on farms and many volatile, flammable, toxic and corrosive chemicals local industries need. Residents also should take comfort ...

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Derailments bring safety worries to the fore

Sarah Zarling has become a close watcher of oil trains since February, when she realized her Watertown, Wis., house was in the blast zone if a train derailed and caught fire. So when an oil train passed through town Sunday afternoon she prepared to report it to a national network of activists pushing for stricter railway regulations that are keeping ...

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Does new law on hazardous rail cargo info make Maine safer?

PORTLAND, Maine — Information revealing when, where and how much hazardous material is shipped by rail through Maine became sealed from public view under state law earlier this month, in a move first responders hope will allow them greater access to information about dangerous materials passing through the state. The new exemption to Maine’s Freedom of Access Act — the ...

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