Evacuation ends for N.D. city near crude oil inferno

  • Article by: MARK BRUNSWICK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2013 - 9:28 PM

Two-thirds of Casselton’s 2,400 residents heeded warnings to leave after trains derailed.

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getcrazyDec. 31, 13 3:28 PM

I hope the enviromental impact here isn't too great and the people of Casselton don't suffer from health problems and financial losses. This should serve as further proof that the self policing in the private sector doesn't work and in particular where there is oil involved. Good thing this wasn't a pipeline "accident" because it would have been much worse and the smoke that signaled the failures, environmental damage, financial loss and taxpayers money being used for cleanup, containment and fire and police and such would have been hidden from us. Someone is going to comment on a pipeline that has been blocked by certain states and Obama. That pipeline is for the Alberta Tar Sands. It isn't for this and they've already had several larger leaks on the existing portions of that pipeline that dwarf this train crash. Don't use this train crash as a reason for creating pipeline because that isn't working either....clearly now working.

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DO1023Dec. 31, 13 4:32 PM

Wouldn't be a pipeline accident. Haven't had a pipeline accident EVER from pipelines built in the last 10 years EVER.

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9moonsDec. 31, 13 4:33 PM

It's kind of funny, but there have reports of several pipeline leaks of oil and waste saltwater recently. Many of these hadn't been reported by the state. People were getting upset.

Now, after this oil-carrying rail accident, the "drill, baby, drill" crowd is saying we need more pipelines. Because accidents never happen with pipelines. Or that we need the Keystone pipeline. Except that is to carry Canadian Tar Sands to Texas for refining before being shipped to China. The oil industry is dirty and ugly.

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mhazzardDec. 31, 13 8:22 PM

We could have alternatives but the oil companies with they're trillions have everyone brain-washed too bad people in Lac Magentic and Casselton have to pay the price for the rest of us...

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wileyrulesDec. 31, 1310:23 PM

At the least, we could start rerouting railroads around the small towns that these railroads run straight through. Pretty much every one along US 10.

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lionalDec. 31, 1310:32 PM

You mean to tell the public that regulators don't know where a train is at any particular time and it will take a year to figure all that out. Sounds like the rail transportation agents don't know what they are being paid to do and that they don't know how to do it. Now look what you will get, a pipeline, something that was wanted all along that people didn't want so a problem was created so that the pipeline would be installed for the cause of safety. where are the rail regulators keeping track of the trains?

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paulskiDec. 31, 1310:35 PM

do1023, how about the pipeline leak in what was it Texas last summer?

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