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Crude-by-Rail Plummeting In Texas But Critics Insist Risk of Accidents Remains

Posted on · Last month, two freight trains collided head-on and erupted in flames near Amarillo. And this month is the anniversary of a far worse train catastrophe in Canada. The accidents are why some community groups say more needs to be done in Houston to make railways safer, especially when it comes to the transport of one […]

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How Do Texas Firefighters Prepare for Oil Tanker Train Fires?

Posted on · There was a rail disaster northwest of Houston last week, but you probably didn’t hear about it. That’s because it was “staged” as part of a training exercise. From News 88.7’s Energy and Environment desk, Dave Fehling reports on how a new risk is changing the curriculum at a Texas “fire-fighting school.” (Images Courtesy: Dave […]

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How Would Repeal of 40-Year-Old Ban on Crude Oil Exports Impact Houston?

Posted on · There’s proposed legislation in Washington that would repeal a forty-year-old ban on crude oil exports. Two U.S. Representatives from Texas- Congressman Gene Green (D-Houston) and Congressman Joe Barton (R-Ennis) -weighed in during a recent hearing before a House and Energy subcommittee. Congressman Barton, chief sponsor of the bill, argues repealing the ban on crude oil […]