Maine stops providing details of oil-by-rail shipments to public

The state’s Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday declined a reporter’s request for monthly volumes of crude oil shipped by rail, citing a June law that prohibits emergency responders from disclosing certain details about rail shipments of hazardous materials through the state.

Canadian oil trains to US to reach “staggering” levels

Some call them bomb trains. Oil trains-loaded with explosive Canadian crude – are expected to roll into U.S. communities in “staggering” numbers, says a new study released Thursday by a Seattle sustainability think tank. Sightline Institute says oil shipped by rail into Washington and Oregon states alone will reach one million barrels per day by the year 2018, quadrupling current levels.

Train carrying crude oil derails in western Wisconsin

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A train carrying crude oil has derailed and is leaking oil in Watertown, although no injuries or fires have been reported so far. A spokesman for Canadian Pacific said in an email that least 10 cars went off the tracks around 2 p.m. as the train was heading east.

DeSmogCast – The Science of Bomb Trains

This video reviews the science behind the Bakken bomb train phenomena and details the oil industry’s successful efforts to delay any regulations that could resolve the issue. Bakken oil contains natural gas liquids like butane that make the oil extremely volatile and flammable.

Albany County, New York prepares to go to court over oil trains

ALBANY — Concern about crude oil trains, is bringing about legal action in Albany County. The Albany County Executive made the announcement Tuesday. Bebe White lives in the Ezra Prentice homes with his 6-year-old son. His backyard, backs up to trains. He is concerned about the ones that carry crude oil.

Oil train information will be limited in New Jersey

After backlash from lawmakers and firefighters, the federal government is reversing course and will continue to require rail companies to make public some information about the movements of trains carrying millions of gallons of volatile crude oil.