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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Carbon Standards Inquiry, Water Rights Act, Duke Coal Ash

The House Energy and Commerce Committee announced an investigation into the EPA’s carbon limits on new coal-fired power plants. Republicans on the committee asked Gina McCarthy for information, particularly on how the agency approached the issue of carbon capture technology, The Hill reports. The Waterkeeper Alliance says it has photos showing that Duke … Read more »

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Trains Turn to Natural Gas to Cut Fuel Costs, Compete with Trucks

General Electric’s locomotive division and other companies are testing natural gas equipment as rail companies look for ways to take advantage of natural gas production, which has halved the price of fuel, the Christian Science Monitor reports. The savings could be in the billions, the publication reports. Union Pacific, the … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Safety Alert, BNSF Suit, GSA Seeks Industry Input

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety alert in response to last week’s oil train derailment and fire near Casselton, N.D., warning that crude oil from the state’s Bakken formation may be more flammable than traditional heavy crude, The Hill reported. The region’s light sweet crude oil has a burning point … Read more »


Oil Train Fire Adds Fuel to Pipeline Debate

No single, magic number exists to help companies quantify the effects of their oil consumption. For one thing, the impacts will vary depending on whether that oil is transported by pipeline or by rail. And the latest oil-by-rail fire will only add fuel to the debate. The 106-car BNSF train … Read more »


Boise Switches to Rail, Cuts CO2 Emissions 60%

Packaging and paper products manufacturer Boise has cut CO2 emissions by 60 percent by switching from road to rail and packing its products more efficiently in rail containers, says a case study from Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has put together a … Read more »

BNSF CO2 Savings Steady at 30m Metric Tons

BNSF Railway customers’ use of rail for freight shipping prevented more than 30 million metric tons of CO2e from entering the atmosphere in 2012, the company has announced. By shipping freight by rail instead of entirely over the road, the railway’s customers eliminated the consumption and resultant emissions from more … Read more »

BNSF to Trial LNG Locomotives

BNSF will begin testing a small number of locomotives using liquefied natural gas as an alternative fuel later this year. The railroad has been working with two principal locomotive manufacturers, GE and EMD, a unit of Caterpillar, to develop the natural gas engine technology that will be used in the … Read more »

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