Minnesota fire crews 'ill-prepared' for any oil train catastrophe

  • Article by: David Shaffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2014 - 10:23 PM

Size of trains and N.D. blast make disaster prep a priority.

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fishbachFeb. 11, 1410:13 PM

If Minnesota fires crews are ill prepared for oil train problems then perhaps they should get prepared. And the rail roads should pay the bill.

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Herman MunsterFeb. 11, 1411:10 PM

Wow, if only there was another way to transport oil. Something that didn't involve moving it along congested rail lines or through towns and cities where rail lines naturally move through. Something like a big pipe that could move it from remote collection points to refineries... That would be awesome. Probably would be a big privately funded infrastructure project that would create a bunch of jobs... Wouldn't it be great if only such a dream technology existed?

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smeeagain2Feb. 11, 1411:55 PM

As long as the oil companies are making money, public safety doesn't matter.

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dnqualyFeb. 11, 1411:58 PM

Once again, us railroaders get to wait and see how many posts are made by people who think they know something about railroading and CLEARLY don't...

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wingophersFeb. 12, 1412:18 AM

If for no other reason President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry should approve the Keystone pipeline so that pipeline can carry the crude to refineries. I shudder to think what a "oil train" fire near downtown Minneapolis could be like.

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chendoFeb. 12, 1412:41 AM

Herman Munster- Just because an oil pipe is buried in the ground doesn't make it a safer option for transporting hazardous materials. The recent Mayflower oil disaster in Arkansas is an example. Buried pipelines become neglected, burst, and contaminate underground watersheds essential for supplying drinking water. Tell me how an oil company is going to clean up an underground spill? The answer is they can't, and even if they could, they wouldn't.

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mplsjoejoFeb. 12, 14 5:48 AM

Pipe line is the proven way to deliver crude oil and other petroleum products. It is less expensive, way more efficient, can carry 1000 times more product than all the trains on the continent and is the most environmentally safe way. A pipe line can be shut off, a train wreck cannot. It is time for true environmentalist to back pipelines. Here is an example; the pipeline that brings crude oil to the Koch refinery deliver 365,000 barrels of oil each day, that is equivalent to over 100 trains with 110 cars each, or 11,000 tankers.

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sarahanneFeb. 12, 14 6:45 AM

The best solution would be to price oil and gas that would include all of the external costs associated with it, such as safety, health costs and environmental damage.

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elind56Feb. 12, 14 7:32 AM

Perhaps it's time to cease the tranport of oil by any means that is not absolutely, totally, 100%, guaranteed safe for people and the environment.

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Marina29Feb. 12, 14 7:35 AM

Hey! Let's run some more of those unit crude oil trains by our schools and test the fire departments to see how good they are at evacuation, and getting cooperation from the railroads and other entities they need to work with to battle fires with flammable liquids.

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