Extremely Flammable Crude Oil Transported Through Area By Rail

Date posted - July 8, 2014

Northwest Iowa – State emergency management officials have released information on counties which see crude oil railroad tracksfrom North Dakota carried through them on rail cars, and some KIWA listening area counties are along that route.

The oil from what’s called the Bakken fields of North Dakota is more flammable than other crude oil and railroad accidents prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to order rail lines to let states know if there are rail cars coming through that haul one million or more gallons of Bakken crude.

The State says that the Burlington Northern carried the crude through Sioux, Plymouth, Lyon and Woodbury counties here in northwest Iowa.

The railroads had not wanted the information released, but the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency management division concluded releasing the information publicly does not violate federal security requirements.

–thanks to Radio Iowa–

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