West Virginia train derailment sends oil tanker into river

I'm just about 20 air miles from Mt. Carbon, where the cars derailed. It was -8 degrees (F) here last night and snow's been falling all day today, with an expected 8-12 inches storm total expected in the region.

Not especially great weather to be dealing with a derailment of this kind. :(

From: ABC News

A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in West Virginia on Monday - sending a massive fireball hundreds of feet into the sky, igniting a home and causing hundreds in the area to evacuate.
The CSX train had 109 cars - 25 of which derailed around 1:17 p.m., and about half of those cars caught fire or are leaking oil. Several of the cars spilled into the Kanawha River, officials said.
About 200 people are in shelters, according to Fayette County Emergency Services.
The fire is expected to burn until early Tuesday morning, according to Robert Jelacic at the WV Division of Homeland Security And Emergency Services.

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Hi everybody.
Just seen this on BBC news here in UK. Seems as though it will be one hell of an environmental mess to clean up. Is there any debate in the United States regarding the safety of transporting oil obtained through fracking by rail.

I agree with Vern this thread should be in prototype talk
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