David Suzuki, Ian Hanington, Huffington Post, Jan 22 2014
Debating the best way to do something we shouldn't be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. That's what's happening with the "rail versus pipeline" discussion. Some say recent rail accidents mean we should build more pipelines to transport fossil fuels. Others argue that leaks, high construction costs, opposition and red tape surrounding pipelines are arguments in favour of using trains.
Curtis Tate, Bellingham Herald, McClatchy Washington Bureau, January 20, 2014
WASHINGTON — More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.
Jim Bronskill, Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press, The Star, Jan 08 2014
What is being called a controlled burn had been raging for more than 18 hours in northwestern New Brunswick late Wednesday after 17 cars on a CN train — some carrying propane, others crude oil — derailed and caught fire.
Oregon Public Broadcasting, Jan 7 2014
A multinational banking giant is backing away from a proposal to build the West Coast’s biggest coal export project near Bellingham, Washington.
John Upton, Grist, Jan 8 2013
Goldman Sachs is looking a tad less evil. It has dumped its holdings in a shaky project that would build the Gateway Pacific Terminal near Bellingham, Wash., intended to be the West Coast’s biggest coal export terminal.
David Shaffer & Susan Hogan, Star Tribune, Dec 31, 2013
A majority of the 2,300 residents of Casselton, N.D., heeded a warning to leave town Monday after an explosion that produced huge clouds of flames and smoke, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
Jessica McDiarmid, The Star, Dec 14 2013
The fires burned for four days after the explosions.
A train carrying 72 cars of crude oil had barreled into the sleepy Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic and derailed. And the oil did what crude oil isn’t supposed to do: it blew up, killing 47 people, leaving the downtown core in ruin.
James Macpherson, Associated Press December 12, 2013
Regulator: North Dakota oil rail shipments expected to spike to 90 percent of production
Ed Struzik, Yale Environment 360, 29 Nov 2013
The rapid development of Alberta’s tar sands has spawned a new proposal for a 731-mile pipeline that would transport oil to the British Columbia coast. The project is strongly opposed by conservationists and First Nations leaders, who fear the environmental risks it would bring.
Grant Robertson & Jacquie McNish, Globe and Mail, Dec 2 2013
An investigation into the disaster and its causes.
Jacquie McNish & Grant Robertson, Globe and Mail, Dec 3 2013
The deadly secret behind the Lac-Mégantic inferno
An investigation into the disaster and its causes.
Edmonton Journal, The Canadian Press, October 19, 2013
GAINFORD, Alta. - Emergency crews are monitoring a massive fire burning after a tanker train carrying oil and gas derailed west of Edmonton overnight.
Roger Annis, Vancouver Observer, 30 Sep 2013
Following a visit by federal ministers to British Columbia last week to win over oil pipeline opponents, VO takes a look at what happened and what's to come. The pressure to expand oil-by-rail is relentless. Meanwhile, the oil train derailments are accumulating. And a recent editorial by Postmedia suggested that proposals to ship oil by truck on Canada's highways will be next.
Bruce Cheadle, Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, Sep. 22, 2013
CN Rail, at the urging of Chinese-owned Nexen Inc., is considering shipping Alberta bitumen to Prince Rupert, B.C., by rail in quantities matching the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, documents show.
CBC News, July 6 2013
Train derailment in Lac-Mégantic forces 1,000 from homes as several reported missing
Canadian Press, Montreal Gazette, July 6 2013
MONTREAL - By mid-morning Saturday, 10 hours after a train derailment set off a series of explosions, firefighters still could not get near the centre of the fire raging in the downtown area of historic Lac Mégantic, authorities told media.
Eric de Place, Sightline Institute, June 24 2013
Since 2012, nearly a dozen plans have emerged to ship crude oil by train to Northwest refineries and port terminals. Moving large quantities of oil by rail would be a major change for the Northwest’s energy economy, but so far the proposals have largely escaped notice.
Andrew Mayeda, Bloomberg News, Delaware News Journal, June 24 2013
OTTAWA, CANADA — Canadian National Railway sees “tremendous” growth in shipping oil by train. Hunter Harrison, who runs its biggest rival, says he isn’t so sure as he looks at potential pipeline competition.
Press Release, Sierra Club, June 5 2013
SEATTLE-- Today, the Sierra Club and its partners filed suit against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company (BNSF) and several coal companies for violations of the federal Clean Water Act. The Sierra Club, Puget Soundkeeper, Columbia Riverkeeper, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, and Friends of the Columbia Gorge sent a 60 day notice in April after collecting evidence demonstrating the companies’ responsibility for emitting coal into waterways in several locations across Washington. Spokane Riverkeeper and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently sent a notice letter for these violations as well.
Canadian Press, Star Phoenix, May 22 2013
A freight train jumped the tracks in southeastern Saskatchewan Tuesday and spilled more than 91,000 litres of oil.
Oil trains -- pipelines on wheels -- headed to Northwest terminals and refineries from North Dakota fracking
Scott Learn, OregonLive.com, May 13 2013
The boom in North Dakota's Bakken oil field is speeding to the Northwest, a boon for ports and refineries that could bring in upwards of 200 million barrels of crude each year on mile-plus oil trains.
Scott Haggett, Reuters, April 16 2013
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Tundra Energy Marketing Ltd said on Tuesday it and Enbridge Inc, Canada's No.1 pipeline company, will build a rail terminal near Cromer, Manitoba, capable of handling up to 60,000 barrels per day of oil.
Matthew Brown & Josh Funk, Associated Press, Dec 28, 2012
Trains carrying more oil across US amid boom
Energy companies behind the oil boom on the Northern Plains are increasingly turning to an industrial-age workhorse _ the locomotive _ to move their crude to refineries across the U.S., as plans for new pipelines stall and existing lines can't keep up with demand.
Dave Cooper, Edmonton Journal, November 10, 2012
With Files From Reuters And Bloomberg
In a market that is short on pipeline space and heavy crude sells at a big discount, one oilsands producer has found a way around the bottleneck.
Alaska Dispatch, 21 Nov 2012
Will a railway intended to carry oil products from Alberta to Alaska be built in the next decade? The Canadian company G Seven Generations (G7G) is banking on it, but first it needs investors to fund the project.