Friday, June 17, 2016

Oil Gets Derailed

Greener than green Oregon wants to stop oil by rail:
In a letter to the Federal Railroad Admin­is­tra­tion dated June 8, the Oregon Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said prelim­i­nary findings of an inves­ti­ga­tion suggested inspec­tors might not be able to deter­mine the cause.

In the accident, a Union Pacific train carry­ing crude oil derailed, burst into flames and spilled crude along Oregon’s scenic Colum­bia River gorge. Nobody was injured.

A prelim­i­nary inves­ti­ga­tion suggested a failure with a bolt that fastened the rail to the railroad ties.

A spokesman for the FRA said the agency will respond to the letter.

Oregon is the first U.S. state to request such a move, although environ­men­tal lobby­ists have called for years for a morato­rium on oil trains after a series of explo­sive accidents.
Caused by the same people who didn't want to use pipelines...

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