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Essential Pittsburgh
1:15 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Crude Oil Train Derailment Concerns in Pittsburgh

A scene like the derailment disaster in Quebec is a threat today in Pittsburgh and surrounding neighborhoods.
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More than 40 percent of Pittsburgh's residents live in areas that would be at risk if a train carrying crude oil through the city derails and catches fire.

WESA content partner PublicSource created a map tracking the route of the rail lines known to carry crude oil in the city.

Reporter Natasha Khan says trains are more common in the city and its neighborhoods than people may realize. She also says that city officials are not prepared to handle a large scale accident, such as the one in Quebec last year.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:24 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

How Pennsylvania Can Respond to Derailment Emergencies

Train derailments have occurred all over the globe, like the one above, but since 2008 trains have been derailed in Philadelphia, Vandergrift and McKeesport.
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According to the Association of American Railroads, the number of rail cars carrying crude oil on major freight railroads in the United States grew by more than 6,000 percent between 2008 and 2013 due to the increase of oil in the United States.

Meanwhile, recent derailments have occurred in Pennsylvania cities, including Philadelphia, Vandergrift and McKeesport.

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Public Safety
3:08 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Locomotives Derail, Catch Fire In Sewickley

A Norfolk Southern train carrying empty ethanol tank cars rear-ended a westbound intermodal train Wednesday afternoon in Sewickley, causing a fire and prompting the precautionary evacuation of nearby residents.

Two crew members were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, according to Alvin Henderson, Allegheny County chief of emergency services. Two firefighters were also treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:28 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Is Oil & Gas Shipment Hurting Pennsylvania?

Officials say about 4,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled following the train derailment in Vandergrift, but most of it was contained in a parking lot.
Credit Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front

In light of a recent train derailment and fire in Greene County; is gas drilling endangering the people, property and public lands of Western PA?

Cindy Dunn, president and CEO of the Statewide Environmental Advocacy organization PennFuture believes that gas drilling may have come on a little too quickly, contributing to the rate of accidents.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:40 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Update on Crude Oil Derailment in Vandergrift

Officials say about 4,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled following the train derailment in Vandergrift, but all of it was contained in a parking lot.
Credit Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front

Authorities say about 4,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into a parking lot Thursday, when more than 21 cars on a Norfolk Southern rail line between Vandergrift and East Vandergrift derailed around 8:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported. Allegheny Front reporter Reid Frazier, covered the story for WESA, and NPR news.

Frazier says the area is reported to be safe, because the parking lot managed to contain the spill. But how can area residents be sure it's safe?

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Public Safety
9:19 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Up to 3,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Spilled in Vandergrift Derailment

Officials say as much as 3,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled following this morning’s train derailment in Vandergrift, but all of it was contained in a parking lot.
Credit Reid Frazier / The Allegheny Front

Update: 6:09 p.m.

Authorities say a freight train derailment in western Pennsylvania spilled several thousand gallons of crude oil, but all of it went onto a parking lot.

Westmoreland County public safety officials say the derailment of 21 cars was reported shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday on a Norfolk Southern rail line between Vandergrift and East Vandergrift.

Spokesman Dan Stevens says 19 cars carrying heavy crude and two cars contained liquid propane derailed, and about 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of crude spilled from one of the cars.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:02 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Residents Demand Transparency Following Train Derailments

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As crews continue clearing derailed train cars, including crude oil tankers, from a bridge over the Schuykill River in Philadelphia, the incident has amplified regional concerns about safety.

With shipments of crude oil continuing to roll through populous areas in Pennsylvania, environmental groups and lawmakers are calling for more information.

From Philly, StateImpact Pennsylvania's Katie Colaneri explains that lawmakers and residents want these large corporations to be more transparent, and give detailed accounts of the kinds of chemicals passing by their homes. 

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Environment & Energy
3:31 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Hanger Calls on Corbett to Beef Up Regulation of Trains Carrying Bakken Crude Oil

In the early hours of Monday morning, a train traveling from Chicago derailed over the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Six of the seven derailed cars carried crude oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota, a substance that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said is more dangerous than other types of crude oil.

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