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  • WASHINGTON, March 13- Rail operators are going to great lengths to prevent oil train derailments but the energy sector must do more to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, the leading U.S. rail regulator said on Friday. Several of those shipments originated from North Dakota's Bakken energy fields. Sarah Feinberg, acting head of the Federal...

  • WASHINGTON, March 13- Rail operators are going to great lengths to prevent oil train derailments but the energy sector must do more to prevent accidents from becoming fiery disasters, the leading U.S. rail regulator said on Friday. Those shipments all originated from North Dakota's Bakken energy fields. Sarah Feinberg, acting head of the Federal Railroad...

  • Canada: Even the newest oil tank cars are outdated Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 7:33 PM ET

    The Canadian government unveiled tougher new proposed oil tank car standards.

  • NEW YORK, March 11- Stung by customer backlash over last winter's patchy service, Berkshire Hathaway's BNSF Railways invested billions in shoring up its operations. "BNSF disappointed many of its customers," Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett said in a letter to shareholders last month about last year's performance of one of North America's top railroads.

  • WASHINGTON, March 10- The U.S. rail industry is pushing the White House to drop a requirement that oil trains adopt an advanced braking system, a cornerstone of a national safety plan that will soon govern shipments of crude across the country. Representatives of large rail operators met with White House officials last week to argue against the need for...

  • 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...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest soy export port, now...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil on Friday after police began fining and arresting protesters who have slowed grain deliveries in the commodities powerhouse. But silos at Paranagua, Brazil's second-largest port for soy exports, now have enough soybeans to keep filling ships until March 3, rather than...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, the second-largest soy export port in Brazil,...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 26- Brazilian truckers continued a nine-day-old strike on Thursday, unmoved by an initial government offer to meet some of their demands or by threats of hefty fines. The strike, which spread from a few road blocks on Feb. 18 in the main soybean state of Mato Grosso to 91 blockades across nine states on Thursday, has caused lines at filling stations and...

  • Brazil's government told truckers and transport companies late on Wednesday it would extend a year of free financing for vehicles from a state development bank and help truckers and transport companies work out a framework for setting freight rates. Although the flow of trucks was normal in Brazil's richest state of Sao Paulo, which guaranteed normal...

  • Brazil's government told truckers and transport companies late Wednesday it would extend a year of free financing for vehicles from a state development bank, keep diesel prices unchanged for six months, and help truckers and transport companies work out a framework for setting freight rates. The strike has disrupted food and fuel supplies in at least 10 of...

  • It is still unclear whether the late night offer will satisfy the strikers, whose actions have disrupted food and fuel supplies in 10 of Brazil's 26 states. Highway operator Rota do Oeste in Brazil's top soybean state of Mato Grosso, where the strike started, said truckers are expected to maintain road blockages through the night. The truckers' strike has added to...

  • Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu said after a meeting with truckers in Brasilia on Wednesday afternoon that she was confident both sides would reach agreement. Truckers and transport companies failed to reach an agreement over freight rates by the end of the government-led talks Wednesday evening, said Blairo Maggi, a prominent senator from the leading...

  • Rota do Oeste, the company that runs the main highway in Brazil's leading soybean state of Mato Grosso where the trucker protest started on Feb. 18, said trucks continue parked along the shoulders in several cities of the state on Wednesday. Brazil's attorney general said on Monday it would begin issuing fines of 100,000 reais to truckers or logistics companies...

  • SINOP, Brazil, Feb 24- Brazilian truck drivers protesting high fuel prices for a seventh day on Tuesday interrupted supplies of diesel and raw materials across the country and threatened to hold up grains exports at ports in the middle of a record harvest. President Dilma Rousseff called an emergency meeting, hoping to defuse the strikes, which threaten the...

  • SINOP, Brazil, Feb 24- A growing protest by Brazilian truck drivers against high fuel prices entered a seventh day on Tuesday, interrupting supplies of diesel and food across several commodity-rich states at the start of harvest season. Truckers started restricting the flow of goods along BR 163, the main highway running through top soybean-producing state...

  • 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...