Train carrying crude oil explodes, spills oil into Alabama wetlands

  • Article by: Soumya Karlamangla , LOS ANGELES TIMES
  • Updated: November 8, 2013 - 5:11 PM

A 90-car train derailed and exploded in rural Alabama early Friday morning, spilling its crude oil cargo into the surrounding wetlands and igniting a fire so intense that officials said it will take 24 hours to burn out. No one was injured.

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bblheadNov. 8, 13 6:16 PM

Looks like a pretty good argument for pipelines.....

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guffmanNov. 8, 13 7:27 PM

Wetlands, eh? What are those? Oh yeah, any land with standing water on them regardless of condition, including drainage ditches, swampy land, low spots in a field.... But it's WETLANDS! Right - the places where mosquitoes incubate. Most "wetlands" are wastelands. Surely, this is a spectacular story due to accident and fireball aftermath. Wetlands is a catchall term designed to evoke a "they're killing the environment" response. Let it burn out, clean it up. Move on.

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taxpayer17Nov. 8, 13 9:47 PM

Follow the money......warren buffet is Obamas puppet saying tax the rich.....Buffet was anti Keystone pipeline for Barack.......Buffet is profiting handsomely on rail investments. The pipeline system needs to be expanded fast or these stories will become even more regular!

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goodoldneonNov. 9, 1311:53 AM

Good old conservatives looking for any opportunity to use faulty science and paranoid conspiracy theories to reaffirm their deluded notion of knowing what's really going on.

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quinnerooNov. 9, 1312:07 PM

"Looks like a pretty good argument for pipelines." ...............Actually it looks like a pretty good argument for alternative energy.

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quinnerooNov. 9, 1312:10 PM

"Wetlands, eh? What are those?" ..............That would be the system that filters ALL our groundwater, guffman. If you can't live without oil, how do you expect to live without clean water?

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braxozNov. 9, 1312:25 PM

taxpayer17 Nov. 8, 13 9:47 PM Follow the money......warren buffet is Obamas puppet saying tax the rich.....Buffet was anti Keystone pipeline for Barack.......Buffet is profiting handsomely on rail investments. The pipeline system needs to be expanded fast or these stories will become even more regular!____________ If you notice, these derailments are generally occurring on small short line railroads, not mainline railroads like Buffet's BNSF. Given the extent of Buffet's holdings, I would imagine he has pipelines in his portfolio. Buffet is anti Keystone because of the negative effect it could have on his home state of Nebraska.

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chuckdancerNov. 9, 1312:39 PM

Buffet had pipelines before he had railroads.

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badcopperNov. 9, 1312:47 PM

Quick. All you anti-oil types...now is your chance.....swear off oil, all petroleum based products, and everything transported via petroleum based fuels. Its truly time to show your mettle, to live your values, to walk your talk.

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quinnerooNov. 9, 13 1:16 PM

"swear off oil, all petroleum based products, and everything transported via petroleum based fuels" ................Doing my part, bad copper. Moved downtown, use my bike 75% of the time, bought a diesel Jetta for it's mileage, talking to the condo association about electrical hookups. What are you doing? It's awfully hard when you can'r get the infrastructure because the oil owners lobby against alternative energy.

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