UpdateOil barrel leaks contained after Canada train derailment

03 April 2013 21:12  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS)--Four barrels of crude oil escaped but were contained after an early morning freight train derailment near White River in remote northern Ontario, a Canadian Pacific (CP) railway spokesman said on Wednesday.

No injuries occurred in the accident, and there are no public safety issues thanks to mitigation measures that were instituted, said Ed Greenberg of CP.

Twenty-two cars were involved the incident, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

Two of the cars contained light sweet crude that temporarily leaked product, Greenberg said. The oil was not from the Alberta oil sands, he said.

The TSB has dispatched a team to investigate the accident, which occurred at about 06:50 hours Houston time on Wednesday.

Greenberg said CP is investigating as well to determine the cause of the derailment.

The incident marks the second derailment of a Canadian Pacific train carrying oil within a week’s time. On 27 March, a train carrying Canadian oil sands derailed in Minnesota, spilling up to 30,000 gal (114,000 litres) of petroleum.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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