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Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem

Monday, December 8th, 2014

A train hauling two million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota had exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. Now regulators had to assure Americans a similar disaster wouldn’t happen south of the border, where the U.S. oil boom is sending highly volatile crude oil every day over aging, often defective rails in vulnerable railcars.

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Heavy Traffic Still Ahead

Friday, February 21st, 2014
Figure 4 - Casselton, North Dakota Oil Train Derailment

The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) is a regional network of grassroots community organizations with 10,000 members and 38 local chapters. WORC member organizations are: Dakota Rural Action; the Dakota Resource Council; the Northern Plains Resource Council; Oregon Rural Action; the Powder River Basin Resource Council; and the Western Colorado Congress. WORC’s mission is to advance the vision of a democratic, sustainable, and just society through community action. WORC is committed to building sustainable environmental and economic communities that balance economic growth with the health of people and stewardship of their land, water, and air resources.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Professor Malcolm Bowman, SUNY Stony Brook University Storm Surge Research Group

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Malcolm Bowman is Professor of Physical Oceanography and a Distinguished Service Professor at the Marine Sciences Research Center (MSRC), State University of New York at Stony Brook. He obtained his B.S. and M.S. (honors) degrees in physics and mathematics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and his Ph.D. in Engineering Physics at the University […]

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Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
North American Surface Trade, April 2009 - March 2011

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones and other. In March, 85.8 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land, 9.8 percent moved by vessel, and 4.4 percent moved by air.
…The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in March was up 18.5 percent compared to March 2006, and up 60.9 percent compared to March 2001, a period of 10 years. Imports in March were up 52.2 percent compared to March 2001, while exports were up 72.3 percent (Table 3).

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Rail Time Indicators: Trends Shaping Demand for Rail Transportation

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
Average Weekly U.S. Carloads

The AAR traffic report details rail carloadings by railroad for 19 different major commodity categories, as well as intermodal units (truck trailers and shipping containers). Railroads reporting to the AAR collectively account for around 95% of total U.S. and Canadian freight traffic…rail traffic is a useful gauge of broader economic activity, especially of the “tangible” economy.

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TRANSPORTATION REBOOT: Connecting Rural and Urban America, Part 3 of a Series

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas

This report, the third in a series on the nation’s transportation capacity needs, focuses on the need to tap the economic might of rural America, be it through access to energy resources, tourism or agriculture. It also identifies underserved cities whose future growth depends on Interstate access. Finally, it underscores the capacity improvements needed to ensure the nation’s security.

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