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I Been Workin' on Derailroad

from Independent Record

Hundreds of U.S. residents killed. $4.5 billion in property damage. That's what the U.S. Department of Transportation predicts could happen over the next 20 years, caused by the derailment of 207 crude oil- and ethanol-hauling railroad tankers, each one of which can hold 30,000 gallons. If just one of those derailments were to occur in a heavily populated area — some of the trains are a mile long — it could kill more than 200 people and cause about $6 billion in damage. The amount of flammable liquids moving by rail has skyrocketed since 2005, thanks to the oil-shale boom in Montana and North Dakota. This year, DOT predicts, railroads will transport some 900,000-tanker loads of oil and ethanol. Since 2006, at least 21 oil-train accidents and 33 ethanol-train accidents have occurred in the U.S. and Canada. DOT completed the study last July, but chose not to publicize it. Hmmmm.... more

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