Train Safety Under Spotlight After Wisconsin DerailmentA BNSF freight train derailed near the Mississippi River just north of the town of Alma, Wisconsin Saturday. Twenty-five cars went off the tracks there, and an estimated 20,000 gallons of ethanol spilled into the river.
Big Cities Scramble To Be Prepared For An Oil Train DisasterThey rumble past schools, homes and businesses in dozens of cities around the country — 100-car trains loaded with crude oil from the Upper Midwest.
Tracking Danger: Minnesota Lawmakers On Oil Transportation SafetyThere have been many who have expressed concerns about whether the state is prepared to handle a train accident like the one in Casselton, or even worse Quebec.
Tracking Danger: What Should Oil & RR Industries Do To Prevent Derailments?All this week, WCCO Radio has reported on oil train safety and the fears some have about the potential for a derailment and explosion. But just what role do the oil and railroad industries have in keeping the trains on the tracks?
Tracking Danger: Oil Train Disaster Could Devastate Rural TownsThe number is staggering. More than 326,000 Minnesotans -- most of them in the Twin Cities area -- live within what is considered an evacuation zone in the event of a major oil train disaster. So, is the state doing enough to make sure local communities are protected? WCCO's Laura Oakes has the next in our five-part series, Tracking Danger: Minnesota's Crude Reality.
Tracking Danger: Rice Fire Chief Says Derailment Would Overwhelm DepartmentRice is a sleepy town of about 1,200 people, but every 15 minutes or so, trains come flying through the heart of it at 50 mph. These trains are carrying a variety of freight, but much of it is oil from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota.
Tracking Danger: Crude Oil On Minn. RailwaysWCCO's Edgar Linares begins our five-part series Tracking Danger: Minnesota's Crude Reality.