There’ve been a fair number of news stories lately about the concern over oil trains hauling crude out of North Dakota.
This afternoon, the fears were confirmed when a BNSF oil train derailed and exploded near Casselton.
— Kyle Johnson (@KyleJohnsonVNL) December 30, 2013
Kyle Johnson, of Valley News Live, posted that picture to his Twitter feed (taken by Tyler Spriggs).
Another angle via Loren Parks at WDAY:
— Lane Zyvoloski (@LaneWDAY) December 30, 2013
Video has also been posted to Valley News Live’s Facebook page.
The fears over the oil trains were spawned largely by the derailment of a train carrying crude from from the Bakken oil patch in Quebec last summer, killing 47 people.
In an article published this month, the Associated Press said a problem with the route of the trains is they go through small towns with volunteer fire departments, not well schooled in handling a derailment and explosion.
“It’s not something to be afraid of,” countered Union Pacific CEO Jack Koraleski.
Shipments of crude oil by rail are up 50 percent over a year ago.
Related: Bakken crude makeup faces scrutiny in rail car explosion (Midwest Energy News).