Linda Morgan

Linda Morgan

Nossaman LLP

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State and Local Communities Respond to Crude-by-Rail Safety Issue

July 6 marked the one year anniversary of the crude oil derailment in Lac Megantic Quebec, which significantly heightened throughout North America the awareness about safety issues surrounding crude by rail. This heightened...more

7/23/2014 - Oil & Gas Oil Spills Proposed Regulation Railroads Railways Train Accidents

Industry Takes Steps to Address Safety of Crude Oil Shipments

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued an Emergency Order (EO) requiring all rail carriers to notify State Emergency Response Commissions regarding the expected routing of their unit trains of Bakken crude...more

6/2/2014 - Bakken Shale DOT Oil & Gas Oil Spills Railways Reporting Requirements Surface Transportation

EPA Asks STB to Resolve Preemption Question

The Administrator of Region IX of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has petitioned the Surface Transportation Board (STB) for a declaratory order to address whether locomotive idling rules issued by the South Coast...more

4/11/2014 - CEQA Clean Air Act Environmental Policies EPA Interstate Commerce Preemption

California High-Speed Rail Authority Receives Federal Regulatory Authority to Construct Initial Segment of Passenger Rail System

Yesterday, the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB) authorized the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) to construct the initial 65-mile segment of its passenger train system between Merced and Fresno,...more

6/17/2013 - Public Transporation Railways Surface Transportation Board Trains

Positive Train Control Still on the Front Burner

In 2008, Congress mandated the installation of positive train control ("PTC") communications and signaling technology on many passenger and freight rail lines by the end of 2015. 49 U.S.C. ยง 20157. Congress tasked the...more

12/18/2012 - Federal Railroad Administration Positive Train Control Rail Safety Improvement Act Railways Safety Precautions

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