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The Dangers of Transporting Crude Oil by Rail

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Domestic oil production has surged in recent years in places like North Dakota, and cities like Albany, NY, have become unlikely hubs for oil traveling by train. Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold discusses a series of high-profile derailments that have raised questions about the safety of transporting crude oil over the nation’s rail network. He’s also the author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.

Guests:

Russell Gold

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Mark Fisher from Teaneck, NJ

Some of this crude oil, including that which was on the train that derailed in Philadelphia, comes down the Hudson Valley and straight through the northern New Jersey suburbs on CSX's West Shore Line. These trains are 100 cars long. Local first responders are generally in the dark as to the hazards posed by these pipeline on wheels traveling through our backyards.

Jan. 23 2014 01:57 PM
Mark Fisher from Teaneck, NJ

Some of this crude oil, including that which was on the train that derailed in Philadelphia, comes down the Hudson Valley and straight through the northern New Jersey suburbs on CSX's West Shore Line. These trains are 100 cars long. Local first responders are generally in the dark as to the hazards posed by these pipeline on wheels traveling through our backyards.

Jan. 23 2014 01:56 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I received an email about this yesterday that said there have been 6 derailments of trains carrying Bakken shale oil in only the last 8 months & 4 in just the Philadelphia area in the last 3 years.

From www.protectingourwaters.com <http://www.protectingourwaters.com (search on "Bakken"):

1. 2013: June 6th: Lac-Megantic, Canada: Bakken Shale oil train derails, explodes, burns 15 acres of downtown Lac-Megantic, vaporizes 42 people; five presumed dead.
2. 2013: October 19th: Edmunton, Canada: A fireballs erupts air as a Bakken Shale train derails; one LPG car explodes and three burn; homes burn to the ground.
3. 2013: November 8th: In rural Alabama, 20 cars of a Bakken Shale oil train derail, burning and sending a fireball 300 feet into the air, also polluting a wetlands.
4. 2013: December 30th: In Casselton, North Dakota a stunning mushroom-shaped fireball erupts, followed by heavy plumes of toxic smoke, when 21 cars of a Bakken Shale oil and gas train derail and burn. Town evacuated; evacuation urged for everyone in a five mile radius to avoid the toxic smoke.
5. 2014: January 7th: Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, Canada: 150 people evacuated when 17 cars derailed including 5 oil cars, 4 LPG cars. Two LPG tank cars and one crude oil tank car caught fire.
6. 2014: January 20th: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Seven cars of a 101-car CSX train from Chicago derailed on the Schuylkill Arsenal Railroad Bridge over the Schuylkill River. Six were carrying crude oil, and one was carrying sand.

From http://hiddencityphila.org/2013/12/a-petaled-rose-of-hell-refineries-fire-risk-and-the-new-geography-of-oil-in-philadelphias-tidewater:

1. Derailment in East Park near Fountain Green Drive in January 2011
2. Derailment in Paulsboro in November 2012
3. Derailment in September 2013 near PBF’s Paulsboro refinery

Jan. 23 2014 01:52 PM
Peg

How about asking the States with the massive oil and gas outputs to pay for the funding of safer exporting to refineries on the coast. Some of their massive profits should be devoted to safe transport.

Jan. 23 2014 01:52 PM
Linda P. from NYC

If you give 4 or 5 year olds a piece of information, they will usually tell you they already know it. And if you walk around any school and listen to the way they dole out information, you'll soon realize that the urge to "know things" and be the first to divulge any information at all is universal and shows up in the youngest children. It's an instinct bred in the bone.

Jan. 23 2014 12:32 PM

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