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Railroad Safety Expert Witnesses

Railroad Safety Expert Witnesses

What types of railroad safety issues may experts opine on? Railroad safety expert witnesses may report and consult on federal regulations, maintenance practices, derailment and accident investigations, and more. On May 7,2014, The U.S. Department of Transportation issued an emergency order to petroleum crude oil railroad carriers requiring railroads to notify state officials about the volume, frequency and county-by-county routes of trains carrying 1 million or more gallons of crude oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad subsequently sent states confidentiality agreements aimed at restricting information to emergency response groups for planning purposes only.

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Environmental Pollution Expert Witnesses & Clean Air Act Decision

Pollution expert witnesses may write reports and testify on hazardous waste management, chemical and refinery processes, environmental project management, air pollution control, and hazardous waste management. On February 24, 2014, Waco, TX, Federal District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr. ruled that the Sierra Club failed to prove the Big Brown Power Plant in Freestone County violated the Clean Air Act. The environmental group’s expert witness testified that the plant’s control devices are too small to handle the amount of emissions and alleges the company has known that since 1997.

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Petroleum Expert Witnesses & Delaware River Spills

What issues may crude oil expert witnesses consult on? These experts may write reports and opine on oil rigs, oil and gas, oil and gas leaks, crude oil, refining technology, fuels, and related matters. The U.S. Coast Guard is working to clean up approximately 1,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled in the Delaware River near Philadelphia on January 27th.

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Pipeline Expert Witnesses & Pipeline Safety

Pipeline expert witnesses consult on gas transmission, gas distribution, petroleum pipelines, petroleum products distribution, pipeline inspection, and associated matters. 2.5M miles of pipeline crosses the US and when there is an accident, the National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents. The NTSB describes emergency response and the timely shut down of pipelines as critical after a pipeline accident.

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Oil & Gas Experts & Keystone XL Project

Oil and gas experts may advise on oil and gas production, drilling, and the exploration industry. In the news, a Nebraska environmental regulator says the new route for the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline will avoid many ecologically sensitive areas in the U.S. but would still cross the Ogallala aquifer.

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Environmental Expert On Woodlands Project

Environmental expert Blaine Rothauser spoke at the Bridgewater, NJ, planning board meeting regarding the application for 18 homes on 34 acres of woodlands. The expert was hired by Stop 18 Homes, a group of residents opposing the project, and described the loss of habitat for endangered animals.

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Environmental Expert On Arsenic Contamination

Environmental expert Richard Cote has advised cleaning up arsenic contamination at Warren Woods, MA. He said testing showed levels of arsenic above a safe level.

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Environmental Expert On Development Plan

Environmental expert John Thonet will discuss the environmental report and proposed development plan on 36 wooded acres in Bridgewater, NJ. The Bridgewater planning board will hear from residents opposed to the project who say flooding is a concern.

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Environmental Expert On Ford Motor Co. Clean Up

Environmental Expert On Ford Motor Co. Clean Up

Environmental expert Dr. James Dragun says Ford Motor Company must clean up contaminated land in Shelby Township, MI. Automotive supplier Visteon once operated a plant that created a toxic site in the township.

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Environmental Expert On Mineral Royalties Fraud

Environmental law expert Stuart Smith says large oil and gas producers are not giving landowners fair compensation for drilling underneath their property. Smith says the problem has created mineral royalties fraud during the current fracking boom.

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