Monday, February 16, 2015

Crude Oil Train Derailment in WV

The latest crude oil train derailment just occurred this afternoon in West Virginia in Kanawha County. As is fairly typical in WV the railroad track parallels the Kanawha River and a number of the rail cars have apparently ended up in the river. Fires and explosions have been reported in association with this accident.

The derailment took place upstream of Charleston, WV which had problems last year with the Freedom Industries spill. Local news reports have been very careful to announce that water intakes downstream of the spill have been closed to avoid contamination of the drinking water systems with the spilled crude oil.

More information will certainly be available in coming days.

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