Friday, June 30, 2017

Twenty-Five Tanker Cars Derail In Plainfield, IL -- Crude Oil Spill -- NOT The Highly Flammable Bakken Oil


July 1, 2017: except for the carrier and the local community, this has quickly morphed into a non-story. Maybe as much as 45,000 gallons leaked from two cars, possibly a third; most of the crude oil ran into trenches being dug for a natural gas pipeline. No oil got into any river and authorities said, again, there was no risk to anyone. The clean-up will take a few days.

Original Post
From CBS Local, so far:
  • no injuries
  • derailed on 143rd Street east of Van Dyke Road just after 6:30 p.m. Friday
  • 40,000 gallons (again, so far)
  • Canadian National Railroad
  • 25 cars derailed
  • oil leaking from three cars
  • oil has not reached the DuPage River
  • strong oil smell; "almost sickening"
  • Plainfield, IL: about 40 miles southwest of downtown Chicago
  • Plainfield, IL: about 50 miles northwest of Kankakee, Illinois
City of New Orleans, Arlo Guthrie

No one says "Kankakee" better than Arlo Guthrie. 

Wow, I love this country.

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