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  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ducked a major ruling on whether Amtrak, the government-owned passenger rail company, wields too much clout in setting regulations that private freight carriers also must follow. Kennedy wrote that the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was based on the "flawed premise" that...

  • WASHINGTON, March 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ducked a ruling on whether Amtrak, the government-owned passenger rail company, wields too much clout in setting regulations that private freight carriers also must follow. The case was brought by the Association of American Railroads, which had challenged a federal law that gives Amtrak a key role in setting...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, March 5- Canadian crude-by-rail exports dipped in the fourth quarter from the previous three-month period, National Energy Board data showed on Thursday, as poor netbacks deterred some shippers from loading barrels onto trains bound for U.S. markets. "The differentials have come in quite a bit so they just have not been covering the railing...

  • TORONTO, Feb 23- A looming lockout at Canada's biggest railway threatens to delay imports from Asia and may compound a U.S. West Coast port logjam unless last-ditch contract talks succeed on Monday. CN Rail operates freight trains on tracks across Canada and the United States, but Unifor represents only Canadian workers. Ontario- based automakers such as Ford...

  • TORONTO, Feb 23- A looming lockout at Canada's biggest railway threatens to delay imports from Asia and may compound a U.S. West Coast port logjam unless last-ditch contract talks succeed on Monday. CN Rail operates freight trains on tracks across Canada and the United States, but Unifor represents only Canadian workers. A lockout could spur disruptions of...

  • TORONTO, Feb 23- Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and trucking staff will resume contract talks on Monday, just hours before a deadline set by Canada's No. 1 railway to lock out the workers. CN Rail operates freight and some passenger trains on tracks across Canada and the United States.

  • TORONTO, Feb 23- Canadian National Railway Co and the union representing 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and trucking staff will resume contract talks on Monday, just hours before a deadline set by Canada's No. 1 railway to lock out the workers. CN Rail operates freight and some passenger trains on tracks across Canada and the United States.

  • LONDON, Feb 23- Train derailments involving crude oil and ethanol in the United States will cost more than $18 billion over the next 20 years, according to an assessment by the U.S. Department of Transportation. USDOT also considered a tail-risk event occurring in a densely populated urban centre such as Chicago and estimated the damages from a single incident...

  • West Coast ports, union reach tentative labor deal Saturday, 21 Feb 2015 | 1:56 AM ET
    Container ships sit docked in a berth at the Port of Oakland on February 17, 2015 in Oakland, California.

    Shipping companies and terminal operators clinched a tentative deal with the dockworkers union, settling a labor dispute causing months of backups at 29 U.S. ports.

  • TORONTO, Feb 20- Canadian National Railway Co said on Friday that barring a settlement by this weekend with Unifor, a union that represents 4,800 of its mechanical, clerical and intermodal staff, it plans to begin to lock out employees on Monday. "We cannot accept the uncertainty that Unifor's month-long strike mandate process will create for our customers," CN...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 20- Canada will increase the insurance railways must carry when they haul crude oil and impose a levy on shippers to help cover the cost of major accidents in the burgeoning oil-by-rail industry, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said on Friday. Raitt unveiled the measures in a bill which responds largely to the 2013 explosion of a runaway train that...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 20- Canada will boost the minimum insurance that railways will be required to carry when they haul crude oil and will impose levies on oil shipments to build up a supplementary fund to cover major disasters, under a bill introduced on Friday. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, announcing the legislation, said railroads would have to carry up to C $1 billion...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 20- Canada will boost the minimum insurance railways will have to carry when they haul crude oil and an additional fund will be set up with levies on oil shipments to cover major disasters, under legislation to be introduced on Friday, two sources familiar with the bill said. The legislation is in reaction to a spate of oil-by-rail accidents, the most...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 20- The Canadian government, which has pledged to make railways and shippers carry more insurance for oil shipments in light of recent fiery accidents, said it would introduce a bill on Friday to make rail transportation "safer and more accountable." Ottawa was galvanized into action after a runaway oil train exploded in Lac-M├ęgantic, Quebec, in 2013,...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- CSX has notified state officials of its plans to bypass the scene of a crude train derailment and continue delivering oil to a terminal on the Virginia coast, emergency management officials from Virginia and West Virginia said Wednesday. Those shipments will use a combination of CSX and other railroads to reach eastern Virginia destinations, "...

  • President must approve Keystone now: Gartman   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 5:35 PM ET
    Weld inspector Shayne Walker fills out paperwork during construction of the Gulf Coast Project pipeline in Prague, Okla., as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.

    Dennis Gartman, founder, editor & publisher, The Gartman Letter, discusses the explosion of a train carrying oil in West Virginia and says the President must move forward with the Keystone Pipeline now.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- A fiery oil train derailment in West Virginia this week exposes lax safety standards and strengthens the case for tougher U.S. rules governing such shipments, safety advocates said on Tuesday. A 109- car delivery of crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken energy patch derailed in West Virginia on Monday, setting at least nine cars ablaze.

  • TORONTO/ CALGARY, Feb 15- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd began operating a reduced freight schedule run by its managers on Sunday, after talks on a new contract broke down and more than 3,000 train engineers and conductors walked off the job. Canada's No. 2 railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference failed to agree on terms including on scheduling and rest...

  • Canada's second-largest railway and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference could not agree on scheduling and rest time before a midnight deadline passed. Commuters in Montreal will also feel the effects, since CP operates some commuter trains in Canada's second largest city. Canada's Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, who intervened in the talks on Friday to try...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 2- U.S. railroads expect to boost spending to $29 billion this year to lay track, add engines and otherwise upgrade a national network tested by a surge in energy and agriculture deliveries, the leading industry trade group said on Monday. The investment announced by the Association of American Railroads is the second annual increase for a...