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w. Virginia: Crude Oil Train Derails, Bursts into Flames

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w. Virginia: Crude Oil Train Derails, Bursts into Flames

Unread postby pasttense » Mon 16 Feb 2015, 18:07:39

A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 tankers and sparking a house fire, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries. Nearby residents were told to evacuate as a state emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene about 30 miles southeast of Charleston.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nati ... story.html
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Re: w. Virginia: Crude Oil Train Derails, Bursts into Flames

Unread postby BobInget » Mon 16 Feb 2015, 19:00:29

One has to wonder how two, yes two (one in Canada) oil train derailments will effect
President O's decision to Veto Keystone XL ?

Of course neither oil trains derailed have anything to do with Keystone's
proposed route.

PROPAGANDA VALUE

Pictures of miles away visible flames, have greater impacts
then oil soaked farmlands or fish kills creeks.

Keeping the record straight, there have been several pipeline breaks in recent weeks.
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Re: w. Virginia: Crude Oil Train Derails, Bursts into Flames

Unread postby pasttense » Tue 17 Feb 2015, 11:51:49

There is a video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVMvXZXYhk0

And on the problem in general (Crude by Rail - Albany NY's Oil by Train Risk):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1JFvoHOnmM
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Re: w. Virginia: Crude Oil Train Derails, Bursts into Flames

Unread postby pasttense » Wed 18 Feb 2015, 01:53:11

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Re: w. Virginia: Crude Oil Train Derails, Bursts into Flames

Unread postby Sixstrings » Wed 18 Feb 2015, 10:22:08

Pipelines are safer than rail transport.

I heard someone on msnbc making a good point though, apparently this shale oil is more combustible than light crude? And he said if it's illegal to transport gasoline by rail, then why are they transiting this combustible heavier crude.

But otherwise he was saying we need to not use any shale at all and "leave it in the ground," which is just nuts. :roll:

USA's #1 in energy again and that's a good thing -- don't give up on it, figure out how to transport it.

And besides, to put this ONE explosion into perspective -- 37,000 Americans die in gasoline powered auto accidents every year, and over two million injured or disabled. So nothing is perfectly safe. So okay, one train blew up.

If people care about safety then what we need to do is get that google driverless system, or something like it, ramped up. That would save 37,000 lives a year and two million injured. (see, nobody thinks about this kind of thing, because it's just an accepted risk)
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