It seems that we can’t turn on the TV anymore without seeing a burning oil train polluting the environment, despoiling waterways,and threatening lives and property. Unfortunately, what makes that all seem insignificant to the criminal corporations and corrupt politicians that allow Bakken crude trains, is the huge profits they also carry.
A derailed oil train continues to burn in northwestern Illinois near the Mississippi River town of Galena more than 24 hours after it crashed.
It is the third fiery derailment of trains carrying crude from the Bakken area of North Dakota in the past three weeks, raising more questions about the volatility of the oil and the safety of the tank cars used to transport crude.
No one was hurt when the BNSF Railway freight train derailed at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a hilly and heavily wooded area near where a tributary joins the Mississippi, about three miles south of Galena, IL.
In a statement, BNSF says 21 of the train’s 103 tank cars loaded with light Bakken crude left the tracks and at least five of them ruptured and caught fire. Witnesses reported seeing the fireball from miles away…
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After a long segue way, Rachel Maddow also reported this story.
The claim that this a controlled burn is a pure lie. They have been cooling that car to prevent a BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion). The company is calling it a “controlled burn”. Comparing a BLEVE to a controlled BURN is like comparing a KKK Republican to Mother Theresa. Years ago, as a volunteer firefighter, I was using the stream from a 2 1/2” live too cool a propane tank adjacent a burning building to prevent a BLEVE. I was about 100 feet away, and I was terrified. I knew that, if that tank blew, my chances of survival were nil. Compared to this, that was tiny. I only hope that a one mile radius is far enough. These are the new “safe” cars. That’s another lie.