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Gas vapor eyed as factor in West Virginia oil train fireball

WASHINGTON – Federal investigators will examine whether pressurized gas played a role in the massive blast that followed the derailment of a train carrying crude oil through West Virginia this week, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Thursday. Questioning the possible role of gas vapors in the West Virginia fire broadens the debate over how to ensure public safety at ...

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W.Va. train derailment sends oil tanker into river

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Emergency crews and state environmental officials are responding to a train derailment in West Virginia that sent at least one tanker car containing crude oil into the Kanawha River. Media reports say the derailment occurred Monday afternoon of CSX train in Fayette County, which is north of Beckley. Public Safety spokesman Lawrence Messina said responders at the ...

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Train derails near Bluffton, Minn.

More than 30 train-cars derailed Monday morning a half-mile east of Bluffton near 620th Avenue from a east bound train, according to law enforcement officials. There were no injuries when the approximately 30 rail-cars and tank-cars on a BNSF Railway Co. train derailed at 6:20 a.m. in the Monday morning accident. The tank-cars were empty so there was no public ...

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Firm hired to analyze ND’s oil incident response

WILLISTON, N.D. — The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services is hiring an emergency preparedness firm to analyze the state’s ability to confront oil incidents. Witt O’Briens, LLC will prepare a report examining North Dakota’s readiness to deal with oil incidents and making recommendations for improvements. The company will look at the state’s ability to prevent and respond to oil ...

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BNSF promises to improve Casselton tracks


Many people looked at newspapers two weeks ago and were confused, thinking they were looking at an old issue. Another train had derailed in close to the same spot near Casselton, North Dakota. Thankfully, this time there were no injuries or explosions. It still outraged officials and area residents due to the derailment’s close proximity to the Theraldson Ethanol Plant. ...

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Update: Second Casselton derailment outrages officials


It is not surprising that officials like the Casselton county Sheriff and the town’s mayor are upset about the second derailment in under a year surrounding their city. This time there was no explosion, but the results could’ve been much more devastating than what transpired. Forum News Service reported that Lee Anderson, the mayor of Casselton, stated, “We dodged a ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Train derails near Casselton

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A train derailed Thursday evening just west of Casselton, North Dakota at 5:34 p.m. according to Forum News Service. A BNSF train hauling lumber struck a propane tank, according to Cass County Sgt. Tara Morris. No injuries or fire have been reported. On December 30, 2013 a train was derailed just west of Casselton ND, causing not only a flux ...

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Group says James River at risk of toxic disaster

After a pair of toxic spills and a train derailment earlier this year involving regional waterways, an advocacy group claims the James River is at risk of a toxic disaster. The James River Association called the Lynchburg derailment of a train carrying volatile Bakken crude oil along the upper James, a chemical spill on the Elk River in West Virginia ...

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