Rail Industry http://wvtf.org en Rail Safety: Tracks & Inspections http://wvtf.org/post/rail-safety-tracks-inspections <p></p><p>Within hours of a rail crash in Lynchburg on April 30, inspectors for the state and federal governments and CSX were on the scene – trying to figure out why 17 cars derailed and one ruptured – producing flames, smoke and a significant oil spill.&nbsp;</p><p>Getting official answers could take 18 months, but there are clues that suggest a cause for the accident and a future course of action to improve rail safety.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:41:34 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23607 at http://wvtf.org Rail Safety: Tracks & Inspections Rail Safety: Slower Trains & Stonger Cars http://wvtf.org/post/rail-safety-slower-trains-stonger-cars <p>For decades Americans have worried about our dependence on foreign oil and gas.&nbsp; By 2005 we were importing 60% of our energy, but in 2008 a new technology called horizontal hydrologic fracturing or “fracking” raised the promise of energy independence.&nbsp;</p><p>U.S. crude production is up 50% and&nbsp; imports have fallen 35%.&nbsp; But getting oil from a massive shale deposit in North Dakota to refineries is raising serious concerns about public safety.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:09:54 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23466 at http://wvtf.org Rail Safety: Slower Trains & Stonger Cars Rail Safety: Changes Present Challenges http://wvtf.org/post/rail-safety-changes-present-challenges <p></p><p>Each year officials investigate an average of ten derailments in Virginia alone.&nbsp; Most involve coal or grain – cargoes unlikely to cause trouble for nearby communities, but a growing number of trains now carry oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota.&nbsp;</p><p>Because it contains high levels of gas, it’s more volatile than some other forms of crude, and transporting it by rail could be putting whole communities at risk.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:59:29 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23417 at http://wvtf.org Rail Safety: Changes Present Challenges Rail Safety: Rising Risks http://wvtf.org/post/rail-safety-rising-risks <p></p><p>It’s been nearly two months since a train derailed in Lynchburg, sending a fireball into the sky above that city’s downtown and spilling oil into the James River.&nbsp;</p><p>Experts said the accident could have been far worse, and many communities along the state’s 3200 miles of railroad face similar dangers.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The city of Lynchburg grew and prospered for decades because freight moved easily here – first by river and then by rail.&nbsp; Trains were a routine part of city life, but on April 30 that routine was shattered.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:46:12 +0000 Sandy Hausman 23350 at http://wvtf.org Rail Safety: Rising Risks Meeting on Rail Safety http://wvtf.org/post/meeting-rail-safety <p>The derailment in Lynchburg of a CSX train carrying Bakken crude oil in April could have been much worse … and procedures and policies should be revised to mitigate future risk.&nbsp;</p><p>That’s the conclusion of a hearing in Richmond led by U.S. Senator Mark Warner… along with emergency responders, public agency heads, and corporate officials.&nbsp; One focus was on the vulnerabilities of transporting oil—and how to prevent such accidents from ever occurring.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:14:35 +0000 Anne Marie Morgan 22297 at http://wvtf.org Meeting on Rail Safety