State lawmakers concerned about increasingly common rail shipments of crude oil through Maryland have called for a full risk assessment of such transports, and on railroads to be more transparent about their local operations.
A truck slid and crashed into a propane tank on a residential property in the 4200 block of Federal Hill Road in Jarrettsville Monday evening, sending the tank rolling into the nearby woods and causing a gas leak, according to Harford County fire officials.
The long tanker trains full of crude oil roll south from Pennsylvania about twice a day, along the banks of the Susquehanna River and through the towns of Cecil County. These shipments are part of a global energy shift that's reducing gas prices and U.S. dependence on oil imports, but also controversial for their risks.
A mate's miscalculation of a sunken pier off Locust Point resulted in his tug boat getting gashed open, sinking and releasing 2,400 gallons of diesel fuel into harbor waters last year, the National Transportation Safety Board found.
About 70 minutes after the derailment and fiery explosion of a chemical-laden train in Rosedale last year, a team of county firefighters, state environmental experts and CSX Transportation officials entered the "hot zone." New documents outline the extent of the chemical spill.
As the nation enjoys a boom in crude oil production and grapples with the heightened risks and logistical constraints of moving ever-increasing volumes of the volatile commodity through its cities and towns, two companies in Baltimore appear to be carving out a new local foothold for the industry.
Baltimore County Police and hazardous material units responded to an oil spill in front of the Wilkens Precinct at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday, said Julia Hardgrove, spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police.
With some facing up to 40 days away from their homes, Charles Village residents criticize the city and CSX for failing to heed their complaints about problems with East 26th Street, which collapsed in a heap of stones, dirt and automobiles onto the adjacent train tracks.
A CSX freight train reportedly carrying 8,000 tons of coal partially derailed in Bowie early Thursday morning, dumping at least some of its load on the ground surrounding the tracks, according to the Prince George's County Fire & EMS Department.
Maryland regulators are weighing some of the strictest limits in the country on shale gas drilling, but a scientist Monday suggested they still may not go far enough to protect drinking water wells from contamination by methane leaking from drilling sites.
A freight train smacked into a truck carrying garbage and careened off the tracks in Rosedale Tuesday afternoon, triggering an explosion felt throughout the region and sending up a plume of black smoke visible for miles.
By By Justin Fenton, Justin George and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun
It's been a busy two weeks for Port Deposit Mayor Wayne Tome, who had to contend with three public safety crises, two in his town and the school shooting in Baltimore County where he is a member of the fire service.
The morning of July 6, 1991, started out like any other summer Saturday in Perryville. Within hours, however, the downtown of the small waterfront community would resemble a scene which many would later describe as right out the burning oil fields and the rubble of Kuwait, where the Gulf war, aka Desert Storm, had been waged just a few months earlier.