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December 3, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Railroads continue to pick up slack left by pipeline capacity shortfall
    A shortfall in pipeline capacity in North Dakota has led to an increase in crude-by-rail shipping, which plays a major role in Bakken oil transportation, writes Bryan Horwath. For instance, BNSF immediately stepped in to provide service to oil producers, said John Lanigan, BNSF executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "Historically, oil and gas producers have used pipelines to transport crude from production to refineries," he said. "Because this shale development growth came about so quickly, there has been a shortage of pipeline capacity to coastal refineries." Dickinson Press (N.D.) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GWI to service new fracking hub in Utica Shale area
    A Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary will build a one-mile rail siding and upgrade a three-mile storage track in Scio, Ohio. The move comes after GWI signed an agreement to service a $900 million natural gas liquids fractionation hub being built by Utica East Ohio Midstream in the Utica Shale area. The Wall Street Journal (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Economic Spotlight  
  • $60M rail-loop project advances in Wash.
    The BP Cherry Point Refinery in Washington hopes to build a $60 million rail loop to accept Bakken oil shipments and has submitted an application to officials in Whatcom County. BNSF has said it will double-track a spur that will be connected to the loop if the project is approved. The Bellingham Herald (Wash.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & Environmental Watch 
  • ARRC restricts idling of locomotives to reduce emissions
    Alaska Railroad has restricted the idling of its locomotives to reduce emissions and save on fuel consumption. The railroad's decision stemmed from its employees' proposal. "This is a perfect example of an employee-driven idea producing great results not only for the company but for our Railbelt neighbors as well," said ARRC President and CEO Chris Aadnesen. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wyo. releases energy plan in pursuit of coal export development
    Wyoming released a state energy proposal that detailed how to win support from local officials in Montana and the Pacific Northwest for the development of coal export facilities, according to Gov. Matt Mead's office. The plan would invite the target groups to visit the state and "meet their counterparts, increase their knowledge about coal production, transportation, reclamation, and socioeconomic benefits," according to the proposal. SNL Financial (free content) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Safety & Security 
  • NTSB Investigators on the scene of N.J. train derailment
    Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were on the scene of a Friday train derailment in New Jersey that resulted in the release of hazardous materials. Close to 50 homes were evacuated following the accident. In their initial review, federal investigators said that train crews had reported signal issues. "We are looking very closely at that," said Debbie Hersman, chairman of the NTSB. Conrail, the owner of the tracks, is assisting those displaced with hotel rooms and vouchers. The Philadelphia Inquirer (12/3), The Washington Post (12/2), The Wall Street Journal (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Operators advise safety amid growing rail service in Mass.
      
    Source: WWLP-TV
    Local rail operators in Westfield, Mass., are educating the public about the dangers of trespassing on rail property in the area. "Those trains are going to be running anywhere from 60-79 miles an hour, and you're going to see a lot more freight service," said Dick Towle of the Federal Railroad Administration. "Stay off, stay away, stay alive" so accidents can be avoided, Towle added. WWLP-TV (Springfield, Mass.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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