Oil train derails near Seattle

Smoke and flames billow from a burning oil pipeline in Andoni, Nigeria25 July 2014, News Wires – A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil reportedly derailed as it left a railyard in north Seattle on Thursday, but there were no reports of a spill or injuries.

Four rail cars came off the tracks at around 2 am local time, three of which were carrying crude oil, Reuters quoted BNSF as saying.

The train originated in North Dakota and was bound for Tesoro’s 120,000 barrel-per-day Anacortes oil refinery, 80 miles north of Seattle, Tesoro confirmed.

The derailment comes at a pivotal moment for the booming crude-by-rail industry, which has come under intense scrutiny after a series of accidents over the past 18 months.

While small in comparison to recent explosive oil train derailments, Thursday’s accident occurred a day after the US Department of Transportation issued new safety proposalsgoverning the transport of crude by rail, including phasing out older unsafe tank cars.

The rail cars that derailed were the CP-1232 model that meets the latest federal safety standards, BNSF said. The train was expected to be back on the track later on Thursday and the cause of the accident is under investigation.



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