Fifth Ward residents push for robust testing after toxic chemical found in 47 soil samples around UP railyard – Houston Public Media
The Houston Health Department announced last week that they had found traces of dioxin -- a highly toxic chemical compound — in all of the samples collected near the rail facility.houstonpublicmedia.org
Fifth Ward residents notified of toxic chemical found in 47 soil samples near Union Pacific railroad – Houston Public Media
The railyard has been a source of contention for nearby residents for decades, with critics blaming Union Pacific for contaminating the area with cancer-causing chemical.houstonpublicmedia.org
Houston Health Department says it has detected cancer-causing chemical around Fifth Ward near Kashmere Gardens
The Houston Health Department said Friday that surface soil samples collected in July around the contaminated Union Pacific rail yard and tested by the department contain dioxin, a highly toxic chemical compound associated with cancer and other severe health risks.
A possible railroad strike looms. What’s it mean for workers, transportation and the economy?
The nation’s freight railroads teetered on the brink of a massive strike over staff cuts that have led to what unions call brutal working conditions. It could have big effects on the economy and transportation.latimes.com
Negotiations begin on cleanup plans for Union Pacific contamination impacting 5th Ward, Kashmere Gardens
The City of Houston, Harris County, and nonprofit Bayou City Initiative have started negotiations with Union Pacific related to its remediation plan for the creosote contamination at the Houston Wood Preserving Works Site (HWPW) impacting the Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens neighborhoods.
Other legal questions spawned by the Dobbs ruling (July 28, 2022) – Houston Public Media
On Thursday's show: Local officials take action against Union Pacific, citing pollution in Kashmere Gardens and the Fifth Ward. And we discuss some other legal questions the recent Dobbs ruling has spawned.houstonpublicmedia.org
Union Pacific to spend $1B to upgrade 600 older locomotives
Union Pacific will spend more than $1 billion to upgrade 600 of its old diesel locomotives over the next three years and make them more efficient, but regulators still want it to do more to cut pollution from its engines. The move will accelerate the pace of upgrades UP already planned to make and help the Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad cut roughly 210,000 tons of carbon emissions each year -- the equivalent of taking 45,000 cars off the road. The railroad will go from modernizing 120 locomotives this year to modernizing 200 a year in each of the next three years.news.yahoo.com
Toxic chemical found in soil near Union Pacific railroad in Kashmere Gardens – Houston Public Media
The sample was taken near the Union Pacific railyard, which is contaminated with creosote -- a likely human carcinogen -- that resulted in Kashmere Gardens being deemed a cancer cluster in 2019.houstonpublicmedia.org
Why the Justice Department is investigating Texas over its border initiative (July 7, 2022) – Houston Public Media
On Thursday's show: City and county leaders plan to sue Union Pacific over alleged toxic pollution from the railroad's Fifth Ward site. Plus, we learn why the Justice Department is investigating Texas over its Operation Lone Star border initiative. And we discuss how the recent Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade could lead to an erosion of privacy rights.houstonpublicmedia.org
5th Ward residents rejoice over county, city plans to sue Union Pacific
Tuesday’s announcement that both Harris County and the city of Houston each plan to pursue legal action against Union Pacific Railroad over long-standing contamination in Houston’s Fifth Ward was welcome news among residents who have long fought for accountability.
Fifth Ward residents living in cancer cluster call out Mayor, state senators over campaign contributions from Union Pacific
Ever since the first Fifth Ward cancer cluster was confirmed by the state department of health in 2019, numerous city and state elected officials have shown up to meetings declaring support for residents and promising to hold Union Pacific accountable for the decades-long contamination at its nearby rail yard.
Fertilizer company complains about railroad shipment limits
A major fertilizer company says the limits Union Pacific is putting on rail traffic to clear up congestion will delay shipments that farmers need during the spring planting season. CF Industries said Thursday that the railroad ordered it to cut its shipments nearly 20%. Union Pacific has said it is limiting rail traffic and hiring aggressively as part of a plan to improve service after grain and ethanol shippers complained about shortcomings.news.yahoo.com
Train derails near LA site of recent wave of cargo thefts
Crews made railroad repairs in Los Angeles Monday after a train derailed near the location where thieves have been raiding cargo containers, leaving the tracks littered with emptied boxes of packaged good sent by retailers. It wasn't immediately clear if the derailment that happened Saturday was caused by the debris left behind by thieves in the Lincoln Heights area near downtown Los Angeles. Union Pacific said the cause of the derailment was under investigation.news.yahoo.com
Thieves loot freight trains in Los Angeles
Dozens of freight cars are broken into every day on Los Angeles's railways by thieves who take advantage of the trains' stops to loot packages bought online, leaving thousands of gutted boxes and products that will never reach their destinations.news.yahoo.com
Growing California wildfire spreads into Nevada
A wildfire burning south of Lake Tahoe, still at zero containment, has crossed the state line from California into Nevada where new voluntary evacuation orders have been issued. The Tamarack Fire has burned more than 65 square miles. (July 21)news.yahoo.com
Portion of McCarty Lane to close for railroad work beginning Wednesday
Following a delay last week, a section of McCarty Lane between Hunter Road and Barnes Drive in San Marcos will be closed Wednesday and Thursday to allow for railroad repair.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Portion of McCarty Lane to close next week for railroad work
A section of McCarty Lane between Hunter Road and Barnes Drive in San Marcos will be closed next week to allow for railroad repair, Hays County announced Tuesday.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
US rail industry defends safety record amid staffing cuts
Several major unions say the significant staff cuts railroads have made in recent years could jeopardize safety, but the major railroads say the new operating model they have adopted is simply helping them become more efficient and hasn’t made the railroads riskier.
Jim Cramer advises buying high-quality cyclicals on any weakness
Money managers are locked into the reopening trade and retail investors ought to invest accordingly, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Wednesday. "You need to use any opportunity to buy high-quality cyclicals into weakness," the "Mad Money" host said. Cyclical stocks are those whose trading patterns tend to be levered to the business cycle and the state of the overall economy. Cramer highlighted railroad company Union Pacific, whose stock initially declined after news broke Sunday that its rival Kansas City Southern was being acquired by Canadian Pacific in a $25 billion deal. "If you knew the score, you could confidently buy [Union Pacific] into weakness because this market loves the reopening plays," he said.cnbc.com
George H.W. Bush 4141 train arrives at its final destination in College Station
4141 train, built in honor of former President George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. “President Bush loved trains and we love everything associated with the legacy of President Bush. 4141 engine led the Bush funeral train from Houston to College Station in 2018, where the former president was laid to rest next to former First Lady Barbara Bush on the library grounds. In 2019, Union Pacific announced it would donate the train built in 2005 to the museum, according to the release.chron.com
Judge says railroad talks should be included in lawsuits
FILE- In this July 31, 2018, file photo a Union Pacific train travels through Union, Neb. – A federal judge has ruled that the details of conversations between the nation's four largest railroads should be included in lawsuits challenging billions of dollars of charges the railroads imposed in the past. The lawsuits say the railroads conspired to boost prices starting in 2003 by imposing coordinated fuel surcharges and pocketing billions of dollars in profits. In the lawsuits, the railroads have argued that their fuel surcharges were legal and were simply designed to recover the skyrocketing cost of fuel at the time. Union Pacific, which is based in Omaha, Nebraska, plans to continue “vigorously defending itself against the allegations in these lawsuits,” spokeswoman Elizabeth Graham said.
Bush 41's custom locomotive to live at Texas A&M forever
4141 – which carried the body of late President George H.W. Bush to his final resting place in College Station – will be permanently installed there this spring. The long-awaited return of the locomotive to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum comes after the Texas A&M Board of Regents leased space to the museum for a symbolic $1 per year. The board approved the lease earlier this week, checking one of the final boxes in the plan for the train's final ride.chron.com
State health report finds alarming rate of cancer diagnosis among children in 5th ward
In 2020, a state health and human services report found higher rates of lung, esophagus and throat cancer among adults in the area. Now, a new report released earlier in January shows children sickened with Leukemia at nearly five times the expected rate. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is calling on Union Pacific and state agencies to get involved and care for these families. Both cancer clusters are near legacy creosote contamination at a facility now owned by Union Pacific. “I am requesting that Union Pacific help to relocate affected residents and create a buffer between contaminated areas and homes in the neighborhood.
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: United Airlines, Apple, Fastly and more
United Airlines – Shares of the major U.S. airline tumbled 6.4% after the company posted a $1.9 billion loss for the fourth quarter. SolarEdge – The smart energy technology company gained more than 5% after Morgan Stanley initiated coverage on the stock with an overweight rating. Fastly – Shares of the cloud computing services provider jumped more than 9% after Oppenheimer upgraded the stock to outperform from perform. Discover Financial — Shares of the financial services company lost 5% despite the company topping analyst expectations for quarterly results. Capri Holdings — Shares rose 1.5% on Thursday after Deutsche Bank upgraded the multinational fashion company to buy from hold.cnbc.com
Profit, revenue slump at Union Pacific, but volume improves
– Union Pacific's profit and revenue slumped by double digits, though the volume of shipments it handled rebounded from the previous quarter as the economy emerged from the worst of the virus-related shutdowns earlier this year. The railroad earned $1.36 billion, or $2.01 per share in the third quarter, down 12% from $1.56 billion, or $2.22 per share, a year ago. Shares of Union Pacific Corp. dipped more than 6% Thursday. Union Pacific cut its expenses 12% to $2.89 billion during the quarter. Volume is up 4% so far in the fourth quarter, and Union Pacific expects that to end up in the low single-digit percentage range.
Three transports stocks to watch as earnings season gains speed
American Airlines, Southwest and Union Pacific will report Thursday morning. Bapis also points to Union Pacific as a standout transports stock, highlighting its 2% dividend yield and reasonable price-to-earnings ratio as two pros. Union Pacific has gained 10% in 2020, outpacing the IYT ETF's 6% gain. Robinson is set to report earnings on Tuesday. Vios holds shares in Union Pacific.cnbc.com
How to trade a breakout in transports stocks
Transports were in the red Wednesday ahead of a busy stretch for the group. CSX is set to report earnings after the bell Wednesday and American Airlines, Southwest and Union Pacific are set for Thursday. Todd Gordon, founder of TradingAnalysis.com, is betting on a breakout for this slice of the industrials sector. "Perhaps we'll start to see a little bit of a rotation out into the transports here again as the economy comes back online." Gordon noted that the IYT transports ETF entered a stretch of consolidation from 2017 through to the beginning of this year.cnbc.com
Kuykendahl Road Closed After Train Strikes Dump Truck
Tomball, Texas Kuykendahl is closed in both directions near Hufsmith Kuykendahl after a dump truck was struck by a train near the intersection. Preliminary information indicates that a Union Pacific locomotive struck a dump truck that was on the tracks. It is unknown if the crossing arms were operational at the time of the crash. The Spring Fire Department remains on the scene. Check back for updates.springhappenings.com
Cancer cluster found in Fifth Ward, Kashmere Gardens
HOUSTON – A report conducted by the Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed a cancer cluster in northeast Houston. Significantly higher than normal diagnoses of the deadly disease were found among residents of the Fifth Ward and Kashmere Gardens neighborhoods, the study confirmed. The report analyzed data from the Texas Cancer Registry over a 17-year period, from 2000 to 2016. “Our neighborhood is contaminated from Union Pacific,” Edwards insisted. Cantu represents Impact Fifth Ward and its push for answers about creosote cleanup and cancer.
Union Pacific could help the transports rally kick into gear
Maley says one major railroad stock could help carry the group back to highs Union Pacific. "Here's a stock that's at the $180 level. That's going to be the key level to watch. If it can finally break above that level in any kind of meaningful way, it's going to be very bullish for [Union Pacific], and for the rail group overall," Maley said. "In turn, that would be good for the entire transportation sector so I'm looking at UNP, Union Pacific, very closely right now kind of as a catalyst."cnbc.com
Hundreds gather to see Union Pacific 'Big Boy' depart from Houston
Hundreds lined up to witness history in motion as Union Pacifics iconic steam locomotive Big Boy No. In 1941, Big Boy was among the 25 locomotive trains built exclusively for Union Pacific to handle steep terrain out west. 4014 is the world's only operating Big Boy. After more than two years of restorations, Union Pacific launched a tour of the train throughout parts of the country to celebrate its 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad's completion. Big Boy led President George H.W.
Here's how you can see the George Bush 4141 locomotive as it travels from Houston to College Station
HOUSTON - The George Bush 4141 locomotive, the special engine that carried America's 41st president to his final resting place, will join steam locomotive Big Boy No. Sandy Johnson Big Boy crossing the Brazos River bridge in Richmond, Texas. Union Pacific's Big Boy No. Out of the 25 Big Boys built for Union Pacific, only eight are still in existence. Big Boy No.
Watch as steam locomotive passes through Houston before opening for tours
Watch as steam locomotive passes through Houston before opening for toursPeople look at Union Pacific engine 4014, aka the Big Boy, while it is stopped at the Amtrak station on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Houston. People look at Union Pacific engine 4014, aka the Big Boy, while it is stopped at the Amtrak station on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Houston. Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer Photo: Jon Shapley, Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Watch as steam locomotive passes through Houston before opening for tours 1 / 15 Back to GalleryA small group gathered along the railroad tracks crossing Richmond Avenue late Wednesday afternoon to watch a rare sight. The sight of a steam engine moving through the city served as a reminder of a time when these mechanical wonders traversed the city, pulling freight and passengers. It is sad, too, for the younger generation, some of whom will never see a steam locomotive in action, the article also observed.chron.com
This is how you can get a close-up look at rare, historic Union Pacific locomotive Big Boy No. 4014
HOUSTON - Union Pacific's historic steam locomotive Big Boy No. Big Boy No. Rail fans will also get the opportunity to go inside a Union Pacific rail car through Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car, a multimedia walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading. On Friday Nov. 8, the George Bush 4141 locomotive, created to honor America's 41th president, will join Big Boy No. 4104 to ride together to College Station as part of the Union Pacific system tour, Raquel Espinoza, a representative with Union Pacific told KPRC.
This industrial stock could be the best way to ride sector surge, trader says
The XLI industrials ETF, which holds Boeing, Honeywell and Union Pacific, has added more than 2% in the past week. We're seeing continued rotation into the industrials," Todd Gordon, founder of TradingAnalysis.com, said on CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Tuesday. "I like the chart setup in John Deere with the agricultural play and with obviously a Chinese deal getting closer and closer is the word around the street," said Gordon. "We have also a pending breakout here above the $180 level in John Deere. To take advantage of a move higher, Gordon is buying the $180 call and selling the $185 call for $2.30 or $230 per options spread.cnbc.com
Train derails in northeast Houston causing major traffic delays
UPDATE: Train car that was blocking Wayside Dr removed from the roadway. @UnionPacific is doing some welding and final clean up.https://t.co/5vbz05d9yy pic.twitter.com/lLPXIGTmzY Katherine Marchand (@KatherineMABC13) October 21, 2019HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A train on Houston's northeast side derailed early Monday morning, causing traffic delays.Around 12:01 a.m. the train cars derailed during switching operations.If you drive along Wayside just south of the loop, you will want to take a different route.Wayside is currently closed in both directions.Union Pacific says the train car that was blocking the road has been cleared and they are doing some final welding and clean up to prepare to reopen the road.They say five train cars in total derailed, two of which are tanker cars carrying chemicals.Union Pacific says the cars carrying chemicals are not of major concern as they were only carrying residual amounts.abc13.com
Train derailment in northeast Houston closes road
Train derailment in northeast Houston closes roadA railroad bridge partially collapsed early Monday causing a train to derail in northeast Houston. A railroad bridge partially collapsed early Monday causing a train to derail in northeast Houston. Photo: OnScene.TV Photo: OnScene.TV Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Train derailment in northeast Houston closes road 1 / 8 Back to GalleryA railroad bridge partially collapsed early Monday causing a train to derail in northeast Houston. Houston police were on the scene just after midnight after a Union Pacific train came off its tracks closing both sides of Wayside Drive at Liberty Road. The bridge partially collapsed and might have caused the derailment, according to OnScene TV.chron.com