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Biden Picks Buttigieg for DOT

“The choice—which represents the first time the President-elect has called on one of his former Democratic Presidential opponents to join his Administration—vaults a candidate Biden spoke glowingly of after the primary into a top job in his incoming Administration, and could earn Buttigieg what many Democrats believe is needed experience, should he run for President again,” CNN noted.

Transport Canada Proposes New Data Collection Regs for Class Is

Transport Canada is accepting comments on a preliminary proposal to collect new data from Class Is, including service and performance information that would be made public. Written comments will be accepted until Feb. 26, 2021. Improving the service and performance information collected for Canada's freight-rail sector will help meet the federal government's objective of enhanced transparency as part of the Transportation Modernization Act, Transport Canada officials said in a press release.

Total US Shale Production Projected to Fall in January as DUCs Decline: EIA

US shale volumes and new well productivity per rig are both expected to fall month-over-month in January as the industry enters the winter season and the number of drilled, but uncompleted wells continues to decline, the US Energy Information Administration said in its Dec. 14 drilling productivity report. US unconventional oil output is projected to dip another 137,000 b/d to 7.438 million b/d in January, according to the EIA, after peaking at about 9.1 million b/d at the beginning of 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic waged war on global oil demand.

Steel Orders Jump After Covid-19 Slowdown

Steelmakers are straining to keep up with resurgent orders from U.S. manufacturers, just months after preparing for a long, pandemic-driven slump in steel demand. Steelmakers idled about one-third of domestic production capacity for flat-rolled steel this spring when their customers canceled orders and closed plants to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

New Tools for Competitive Railroad Intel

I often am asked why I write for FreightWaves when I am a railway man. There is a simple answer. If you want to beat your competitor, do not spend too much time looking internally at only the railway part you already know.

Pinnacle: Pellet Production Begins at High Level Mill

Pinnacle Renewable Energy announced on Dec. 8 it has commenced initial pellet production at its newly constructed facility in High Level, Alberta, which is owned 50 percent by Pinnacle and 50 percent by Tolko Industries Ltd. through a limited partnership. The High Level Mill further diversifies Pinnacle's supply base using high-quality wood fiber sourced primarily from Tolko's sawmill in High Level.

International News

Train Traffic from China to Europe Suspended

Train journeys to Alashankou (on the border with Kazakhstan) and both Erenhot and Manzhouli (on the border with Mongolia) can only depart if they are scheduled journeys. This suspension was originally until Sunday 13 December.

DB Cargo: In 2021 We Want to Ship Dangerous Goods to China

The restrictions on the transportation of dangerous goods through China have been a major challenge for various industries. With the growing demand for electric cars, there is a growing demand for batteries. And not only for electric cars; think of electric bicycles, laptops or households.
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