“A shift in the weather could heighten the risk of potential health hazards after a mile-long train carrying crude oil derailed in North Dakota and set off explosions, authorities said, urging residents of a nearby town evacuate,” via AP/MPR News
About 2,400 people live in Casselton, about a mile from Monday’s fiery derailment. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office called on residents there and those living five miles to the south and east to leave their homes because of the weather shift, which it said the National Weather Service was forecasting.
“That’s going to put the plume right over the top of Casselton,” Sheriff Paul Laney said.
"The plan is to let a lot of this oil burn off, then the crews will move in." – MPR News reporter @gundersondan on the huge oil spill in ND.
— MPR News (@MPRnews) December 31, 2013
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said the incident raises concerns about rail safety, especially given the increase in the use of rail to transport oil.
“We’re just seeing an enormous increase,” she told MPR News. “We need to upgrade our rail lines and make sure it’s safe.”