NEW YORK Three Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) tanker cars
began leaking oil after a train carrying crude from Alberta
derailed near Parkers Prairie, Minn., early March 27, according
to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. An additional 11
tanker cars derailed but remained intact.
CP estimates that less than 15,000 gallons of oil were spilled
after initial estimates put the figure at between 20,000 and
The line was re-opened March 28 following track repairs, and
the cleanup is progressing well with no
safety issues and no environmental concerns a CP
spokesman told AMM. An investigation into the derailments
cause is ongoing, he added.
An executive from Calgary, Alberta-based pipeline company
TransCanada Corp. recently warned of the increased risk of a
spill when transporting oil via rail (
amm.com, March 15
), which is becoming more common
in the absence of pipelines in rapidly growing oil-production
regions such as the Bakken Shale.