Archive | January, 2014

Oil cleanup continues after pipeline spill south of Regina

21 Jan

Jan.19.2014

Enbridge Inc. says it has restarted the Alberta Clipper pipeline after it was shut down briefly due to an oil spill in southern Saskatchewan.

The leak happened at the Rowatt pumping station just south of Regina on Saturday just before 11 a.m. CST. 

It’s estimated that about 125 barrels were released. That’s enough to fill a small tank truck.

Normally, about 449, 000 barrels per day flows through the pipeline. 

The company said most of the crude oil was contained to the grounds of the Rowatt station, but high winds sprayed some of the oil onto a nearby farm field. 

Provincial officials including emergency response crews were notified, Enbridge said. 

“There is no impact to the public, wildlife or waterways,” the company said in a statement released Saturday. 

The cause of the spill has not yet been determined, and is under investigation. 

The National Energy Board is also responding to the spill. An emergency response team is at the site to monitor and assess the company’s immediate response.

Republished from cbc.ca: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/oil-cleanup-continues-after-pipeline-spill-south-of-regina-1.2502725?cmp=rss

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Train hauling crude oil derails on Philadelphia bridge

21 Jan

by Dave Warner – Jan.20.2014

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – A freight train carrying crude oil derailed on Monday on a railroad bridge in Philadelphia, forcing the closing of the busy Schuylkill Expressway, authorities said.

Nothing leaked and there were no injuries in the derailment near the Schuylkill River, which occurred about 1 a.m. EST (0600 GMT), the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement. CSX Railroad said it would take one to two days for workers to remove the oil and sand cargo and the derailed cars.

The accident was the latest in a series of crashes or derailments of trains carrying crude oil in the United States and Canada that has raised safety concerns.

The Schuylkill Expressway was closed for nearly an hour after the derailment and again at about noon, according to a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Delays occurred as well as motorists slowed to look at a tanker car and a freight car visibly leaning sideways on the railway bridge.

CSX Corp released a statement saying the 101-car freight train was headed to Philadelphia from Chicago, and that seven cars derailed on the bridge.

Six of the derailed cars carried crude oil, CSX was quoted as saying. The cause of the derailment was unknown, and no injuries were reported.

The cars that derailed were at the back of the train, CSX said.

“The investigation continues into the cause of the derailment,” it said.

The Philadelphia crash extends a string of accidents involving trains hauling crude oil.

Last July, a runaway oil train derailed and exploded in the center of the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

In early November, an oil train derailed in rural Alabama and erupted into flames that took several days to extinguish.

On December 30, an oil train collided with a derailed car from a grain train outside the small town of Casselton, North Dakota. The fiery collision spilled more 400,000 gallons of crude and forced the evacuation of 1,400 people from their homes.

(Reporting by Dave Warner; Editing by Edith Honan and David Gregorio)

Republished from Reuters: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/train-hauling-crude-oil-derails-philadelphia-bridge-225411025–finance.html