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230,000 Gallons of Tar Sands Oil Spilled in Derailment

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An estimated 230,000 gallons (870,619 liters) of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday.

BNSF spokesman Andy Williams said 14 of 32 oil tanker cars just south of Doon in Lyon County leaked oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River. Williams had earlier said 33 oil cars had derailed.

Nearly half the spill — an estimated 100,000 gallons (378,530 liters) — had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed approximately 5 miles (8.05 kilometers) downstream, Williams said. Skimmers and vacuum trucks were being used to remove the oil. Crews will then use equipment to separate the oil from the water.

"In addition to focusing on the environmental recovery, ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and so far have found no levels of concern," Williams said.

Officials still hadn't determined the cause of Friday morning's derailment, but a disaster proclamation issued by Gov. Kim Reynolds for Lyon and three other counties placed the blame on rain-fueled flooding. Reynolds visited the derailment site Saturday afternoon as part of a tour of areas hit by recent flooding.

Some officials have speculated that floodwaters eroded soil beneath the train track. The nearby Little Rock River rose rapidly after heavy rain Wednesday and Thursday.

A major part of the cleanup work includes building a temporary road parallel to the tracks to allow in cranes that can remove the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars. Williams said officials hoped to reach the cars Saturday.

The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Stroud, Oklahoma, for ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons (20,817 imperial gallons) of oil.

Beaudo said Saturday that the derailed oil cars were a model known as DOT117Rs, indicating they were newer or had been retrofitted to be safer and help prevent leaks in the event of an accident.

The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) from the derailment site. The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.

Omaha's public water utility — Metropolitan Utilities District — said it was monitoring pumps it uses to pull drinking water from the Missouri River.

Rock Valley, Iowa, just southwest of the derailment, shut off its water wells within hours of the accident. It plans to drain and clean its wells and use a rural water system until testing shows its water is safe.

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/bnsf-estimated-230000-gallons-of-oil-spilled-in-derailment/ar-AAz4n07?ocid=spartanntp

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17 minutes ago, Ryan Strome said:

Pipelines are so much safer than rail.

They are - same as airplanes being safer than cars ;)

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WELL AT LEAST THERE WASN'T THE HUMAN CASUALTIES,

LIKE THE POOR CANADIAN COMMUNITY OF Lac-Mégantic IN QUEBEC .MY HEART STILL GOES OUT TO THOSE INVOLVED.

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Oof. 

 

17 minutes ago, Ryan Strome said:

Lol @ the op "tar sands oil"

 

Trying to stir the pot.

What's the difference between saying crude oil and tar sands oil? Reporting isn't always pot-stirring.

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23 minutes ago, Ryan Strome said:

Pipelines are so much safer than rail.

Tell all those idiots on Burnaby Mountain.  There's several pipelines going down every friggin street in the lower mainland.  How do these people think their homes are heated.

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This is why we need a pipeline

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22 minutes ago, DADDYROCK said:

WELL AT LEAST THERE WASN'T THE HUMAN CASUALTIES,

LIKE THE POOR CANADIAN COMMUNITY OF Lac-Mégantic IN QUEBEC .MY HEART STILL GOES OUT TO THOSE INVOLVED.

Why are you yelling bro? Chill out. 

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36 minutes ago, Crabcakes said:

Tell all those idiots on Burnaby Mountain.  There's several pipelines going down every friggin street in the lower mainland.  How do these people think their homes are heated.

While not being against all pipelines, I believe many on Burnaby Mountain will remember a pipeline bursting and leaking 250,000 litres of crude.  I also question how many heat their homes with oil.

 

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1 hour ago, Crabcakes said:

Tell all those idiots on Burnaby Mountain.  There's several pipelines going down every friggin street in the lower mainland.  How do these people think their homes are heated.

Don't waste your breath, logic escapes those protestors.   Its like asking them how they got up Burnaby Mountain without using fossil fuels.   I suppose they all walked up.

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2 hours ago, DonLever said:

Don't waste your breath, logic escapes those protestors.   Its like asking them how they got up Burnaby Mountain without using fossil fuels.   I suppose they all walked up.

rode bikes. not that i would know >__>

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7 hours ago, Crabcakes said:

Tell all those idiots on Burnaby Mountain.  There's several pipelines going down every friggin street in the lower mainland.  How do these people think their homes are heated.

Wifi oil duh!  Just gets electronically transmitted and sent over air to your meter.

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8 hours ago, Green Building said:

Oof. 

 

What's the difference between saying crude oil and tar sands oil? Reporting isn't always pot-stirring.

No he's right though. I deliberately used tar sands in my headline, but not to stir the pot. Not so long ago we were all big on using oil sands in referencing that huge area of desolation up north as we were quick to defend it as clean oil extracted in an environmentally responsible way . It was only those with an agenda against the oil sands and out to sabotage the economy that referred to it as the tar sands. I use it to see how much push back there would be now in light of what seems to be mounting public rejection of the oil sands and the whole dirty energy industry.

So far, just Ryan lol

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9 minutes ago, nucklehead said:

No he's right though. I deliberately used tar sands in my headline, but not to stir the pot. Not so long ago we were all big on using oil sands in referencing that huge area of desolation up north as we were quick to defend it as clean oil extracted in an environmentally responsible way . It was only those with an agenda against the oil sands and out to sabotage the economy that referred to it as the tar sands. I use it to see how much push back there would be now in light of what seems to be mounting public rejection of the oil sands and the whole dirty energy industry.

So far, just Ryan lol

Meanwhile a majority of BCers and Canadians support the pipeline expansion.

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Right. I said seems to be...if you go by the hype

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14 minutes ago, nucklehead said:

Right. I said seems to be...if you go by the hype

It seems to be you and a bunch of others would prefer to support the American economy rather than the Canadian economy.

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6 minutes ago, Ryan Strome said:

It seems to be you and a bunch of others would prefer to support the American economy rather than the Canadian economy.

that's quite an assumption

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