The Friday derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Since early February, there have been at least six train derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with these incidents and new safety regulations, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories every Friday.

Oil train from North Dakota derails and leaks crude oil in Montana 

As of Friday morning, three train cars were leaking crude oil in northeast Montana and nearby residents have been evacuated, according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune. No injuries have been reported.

Canadian authorities scrutinize how oil trains affect tracks

Some experts say long-unit trains with more than 100 cars hauling crude oil may be putting unusual stress on tracks, which could lead to derailments, according to Reuters.

 

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