When Oil Boomtowns Go Bust
Fracking and other new technologies resulting in a lot of towns becoming suddenly wealthy, but as oil and gas prices fell, those industries suddenly dried up.
Inside the Movement to Stop the Oil Industry's 'Bomb Trains'
Activists say that carrying oil on trains leads to far too many explosions, derailments, and disasters.
The Canadian Government is Blowing Up Bomb Trains for Practice
Years after the Lac-Mégantic? disaster, the Canadian government is only just beginning to do the hard work of making sure that rail transportation of oil is safe.
Railroad Companies Don't Want to Disclose Where — and When — Their 'Bomb Trains' Are Traveling
The US Federal Railroad Administration will continue to require companies to inform emergency responders about oil-by-rail shipments — But the industry says it's a security risk to disclose the information to the public.
Here's How Many 'Bomb Trains' Could Pass Through the Pacific Northwest Every Day
According to a report by the Seattle, Washington-based Sightline Institute, one hundred million barrels of oil could pass through the region each day on the way to refineries and export terminals along the coast.
Another 'Bomb Train' Just Exploded in North Dakota
The accident, which forced the evacuation of residents of Heimdal, North Dakota, occurred less than a week after the US government announced new regulations for shipping crude oil by rail.
The US Government Announced New Rules for 'Bomb Trains' — and No One's Happy
Despite a string of sometimes deadly explosions, the US Department of Transportation will allow the rail industry to transport crude oil in aging tanker cars for another two years.
String of ‘Bomb Train’ Explosions in the US and Canada Casts Doubt On Proposed Safety Upgrades
The US Department of Transportation has proposed a phase-out of dangerous DOT-111 tanker cars but the new model that will take their place has been involved in a series of explosions over the past month.
Government Warns 'Bomb Trains' Could Cause Hundreds of Deaths and Billions of Dollars in Damages
The US Department of Transportation predicts 207 total derailments by 2034, including 10 “higher consequence events” causing significant damage and potential fatalities.
A Pair of 'Bomb Train' Derailments Highlight Continued Risk of Shipping Oil by Rail
An oil train derailment and explosion has occured nearby Charleston, West Virginia and comes a day after an accident in a remote area of northern Ontario.
US Department of Transportation Delays New Rules on 'Bomb Trains'
Environmental groups and rail industry watchdogs worry that US regulators are moving too slowly and too passively in taking aging and accident-prone tanker cars off the nation's railways.
Opinion and Analysis
Warren Buffett Really Likes Oil Trains — Despite the Explosions
America's favorite investor has invested heavily in moving oil by rail, but he hasn't done enough to address the inherent safety issues.
Eric de Place