Jul 21, 2015

east of Culbertson, Montana: 35,000 gallons of crude oil spilled when BNSF train derailed

This type of accident is very worrisome, and not uncommon. It is extremely lucky that no fire or explosion or further catastrophe was caused by this derailment. The same type of BNSF train traffic occurs in the town where I live and I seriuosly doubt an evacuation plan would save all the humans, pets, businesses, etc. along the waterfront if there were such an incident here. It would certainly be devastating to Bellingham Bay inhabitants and the entire natural environment.
Photo source: http://www.columbian.com/news/2015/jul/17/35000-gallons-of-oil-spills-after-montana-train-de/

On  Thursday 7/16/15, 22 cars derailed. The BNSF train included 106-108 loaded crude oil tankers and two buffer cars loaded with sand. It was traveling from North Dakota and was not speeding. There was no fire or explosion. No humans were hurt. Hazardous Materials teams arrived Friday morning and the track reopened by that afternoon.

The CBC.CA news podcast I listened to said the cause of the 7/16 wreck is unknown. More info at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/oil-spill-132-000-litres-of-crude-leaked-in-montana-derailment-1.3158089

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