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  • NEW YORK, May 6- A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Wells County, North Dakota on Wednesday, officials said, just days after the U.S. government announced sweeping reforms to improve safety of the volatile shipments. Heimdal is a tiny town in central North Dakota located along one of the main rail lines heading east out of the giant Bakken oil...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, May 5- A growing share of Canadian oil-by-rail traffic is made up of tough-to-ignite undiluted heavy crude and raw bitumen, say industry executives, as companies scramble to cut expenditures with the price of crude down more than 40 percent since June. "The business is moving back to where it started, which is as a vehicle to move undiluted heavy...

  • Working for Buffett is like 'marriage': BNSF chief Saturday, 2 May 2015 | 11:04 AM ET
    Matthew 'Matt' Rose, chairman and chief executive officer of Burlington Northern Santa Fe LLC (BNSF).

    BNSF is currently the largest entity in Berkshire Hathaway's portfolio. Is there a lot of pressure when you report to Warren Buffett?

  • NEW YORK, May 1- New U.S. and Canadian speed limits for oil trains will do little to temper the likelihood and severity of explosive accidents that have grown in frequency over the past two years, critics of new regulations said on Friday. Walking a line between increasing safety and keeping oil shipments moving at a clip on North American rails, regulators...

  • Canada has promised to "harmonize" its regulations with the United States. The decision has angered the North American rail industry, but Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said his department believes it will stand up to any legal challenge. The Association of American Railroads, which has lawyers studying the rule, slammed the government for basing its...

  • California port truckers end strike after four days Friday, 1 May 2015 | 5:36 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, May 1- Southern California port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments. Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union, struck four trucking firms...

  • US, Canada set tough rail tanker safety rules Friday, 1 May 2015 | 2:17 PM ET
    Firefighters battle blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013.

    After a series of fiery crashes, U.S. and Canadian regulators set tough new design standards on the rail cars used to ship flammable liquids.

  • New rules for rails Friday, 1 May 2015 | 1:25 PM ET
    New rules for rails

    The federal government made a tough ruling on rail cars hauling crude and other flammable substances, reports CNBC's Morgan Brennan.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, May 1- The United States and Canada on Friday announced long-awaited safety rules for trains carrying oil, as regulators seek to reduce risks after a series of explosive accidents that accompanied a surge in crude-by-rail shipments. Under the rules, announced by Canada's Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt and U.S. Tank cars built after...

  • May 1- New safety rules governing oil-by-rail shipments in the United States will cost an estimated $2.5 billion to implement over the next two decades, according to a final proposal from the Department of Transportation on Friday. 49 CFR§ Speed Restriction: 40 $56 mln- $242 mln** $180 mln 174.310 mph speed limit in. 49 CFR Existing Tank Car $426 mln- $1.706 bln** $1.747...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, May 1- Long-awaited new safety rules for trains carrying oil in the United States and Canada were announced on Friday as regulators seek to reduce risks after a series of explosive accidents accompanied a surge in crude-by-rail shipments in recent years. Canada's Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt and U.S. "This stronger, safer, more robust...

  • Improving US railways: Matt Rose Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:05 AM ET
    Improving US railways: Matt Rose

    Matt Rose, BNSF executive chairman, discusses the company's massive investment in railroad improvement, oil's impact on the business, and new rail regulations for the industry.

  • RPT-U.S., Canada ready oil train safety measures Friday, 1 May 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, May 1- Canada's transport minister will be in Washington on Friday for a joint announcement with her U.S. counterpart aimed at harmonizing safety regulations on shipping crude oil by rail, a politically sensitive issue on both sides of the border. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are expected to demand that railroad companies equip cars...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 29- Striking port truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than as independent contractors for their companies picketed a rail yard on Wednesday as they called again on the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach to weigh in on drivers' behalf. The four companies- Pacific 9 Transportation, Intermodal Bridge Transport, Pacer Cartage, and...

  • LONDON, April 29- By focusing on operational improvements, shipping companies are reducing fuel consumption, saving money and cutting greenhouse emissions, while continuing to increase the amount of freight transported. Maersk Line, the world's largest container carrier, cut fuel consumption by more than 13 percent between 2012 and 2014, while increasing...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 27- Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike against four trucking firms on Monday, demanding recognition as employees rather than contractors in a move reviving labor tension around the country's busiest cargo hub. Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their intent to...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 27- Tractor-trailer drivers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on strike on Monday against four trucking companies, a Teamster union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation's busiest cargo hub. Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their intent to strike at 6 a.m. Pacific...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 27- Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation's busiest cargo hub. Delegations of drivers planned to notify the companies of their intent to strike at 6 a.m....

  • CHICAGO, April 23- Union Pacific Corp is scrambling to cope with opposing trends across its network after a drop in freight volumes in the first quarter, the No. 1 U.S. railroad's top executive said on Thursday. All had been rosy for Union Pacific just months earlier, in the fourth quarter. A similar drop-off in coal has affected other railroads- CSX Corp, Norfolk...

  • CHICAGO, April 22- No. 1 U.S. railroad Union Pacific Corp on Thursday reported a higher quarterly net profit as lower fuel costs and pricing gains offset falling freight volumes, but results fell short of market expectations. Union Pacific saw the volume of coal on its rails fall 5 percent during the quarter. Omaha- based Union Pacific posted first-quarter net...