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Canadian Pacific train derails, spilling oil

Keywords: Tags  Canadian Pacific, oil spill, oil, crude, derailment, Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

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 30,000 gallons.

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 derailment’s 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 (, March 15), which is becoming more common in the absence of pipelines in rapidly growing oil-production regions such as the Bakken Shale.

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