North Dakota town evacuated after latest oil train car explosion

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Originally posted on LA Times. When the Obama administration imposed new safety rules on oil trains last week, the railroad industry said its goal was to have zero accidents in the future. It took only a few days to miss that difficult target. A BNSF train hauling 109 tank cars derailed in rural North Dakota …

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North Dakota crash highlights lack of progress on oil train safety in Minnesota

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Originally posted on MinnPost. Repercussions from yesterday’s oil train derailment in North Dakota. Don Davis of the Forum News Service reports, “A North Dakota oil train derailment reinforces the fact that Minnesota legislators have a week and a half left in their 2015 session but have not settled on what they would do to improve …

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Obama’s Oil Train Regs Don’t Solve The Derailment Problem

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Originally posted on The Daily Caller. The recent derailment of a BNSF Railway train near a small town in North Dakota has reignited the debate over railcar safety — a debate which has sparked contentious new rules governing oil tank cars. But new regulations for oil tank cars don’t actually solve the problems of train …

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A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

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Published on Fuel Fix. During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal and natural gas in industry growth. According to an article in …

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Crude-oil train wrecks raise questions about safety claims

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Featured on Los Angeles Times. Four accidents in the last month involving trains hauling crude oil across North America have sent flames shooting hundreds of feet into the sky, leaving some experts worried that public safety risks have been gravely underestimated. Crude trains have crashed in Illinois, West Virginia and twice in Ontario, Canada, forcing …

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