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Unsafe at Any Speed

Will new DOT regulations prevent another oil by rail disaster?

Who is responsible for the series of oil train derailments and accidents that have occurred recently? A little more than one year since a train derailed in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people and destroying more than 40 buildings, this…
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by: Adam Federman – July 25, 2014

“The Whole City Would Have Burned”

One year later, the small town of Lac-Megantic is still at the heart of oil-by-rail debate

Jean Dubé runs an office supply store in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic. Both his store and home were badly damaged in last year’s devastating oil-train derailment that killed 47 people and destroyed more than 40 buildings. Oil filled the basement. Still,…
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by: Adam Federman – July 7, 2014

Green Group Warns Keystone XL May be Vulnerable to Terrorist Attack. But Will the Warning Backfire?

NextGen report could lead to a blowback against peaceful protesters

NextGen Climate, the environmental advocacy group launched by billionaire activist Tom Steyer, says the Keystone XL pipeline, if built, would be vulnerable to a terrorist attack. In a recently published report authored by a former Navy Seal, the organization argues that because…
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by: Adam Federman – June 17, 2014

After the Fire

As they try to cope with the trauma of losing so many of their neighbors, friends and family members, residents of Lac-Mégantic have been forced to grapple with another ordeal: fear that the oil train accident may have done long-term damage to the area’s environment. Lac-Mégantic is situated on a gentle slope that follows the contours of an old streambed and eventually drains into the lake, for which the town is named,…
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by: Adam Federman – Summer 2014

Despite Bakken Crude Train Derailments, Details About Oil Shipments Hard to Come By

Railway companies seem reluctant to share basic information towns and cities need to prepare for emergencies

On April 30, a train carrying oil from North Dakota’s Bakken formation derailed in Lynchburg, Virginia releasing close to 30,000 gallons of highly flammable crude into the James River. It was the latest accident in a string of derailments and collisions involving…
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by: Adam Federman – May 27, 2014

Hazardous Cargo: Shipping Highly Flammable Bakken Crude Oil by Rail

Oil trains are crisscrossing the US and Canada with volatile cargo, yet many communities are unrepared for an accident.

When residents in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic describe the scene after an oil-train derailed and then exploded there last July, they say the burning petroleum was like a wall of fire, or a river of fire. The blaze, which burned for 36 hours, sent flames and smoke hundreds of feet into the air. At one point, the fire was pulling in so much oxygen that nearby trees were whipping about as…
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by: Adam Federman – Summer 2014

TransCanada Cultivates Close Relationship with Nebraska Law Enforcement

Despite lack of criminal activity, Keystone XL company urges law enforcement to keep close tabs on opponents

Since August 2011, the Nebraska Information Analysis Center (NIAC) – one of more than 70 Department of Homeland Security “fusion centers” – and TransCanada Corporation, the company behind the Keystone XL Pipeline, have shared information about anti-pipeline protesters, Nebraska landowners, and opposition…
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by: Adam Federman – April 25, 2014

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