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Minnesota crude-by-rail spill left largely untouched

Clean-up efforts have been slow coming for some 12,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled from a railcar between the Minnesota towns of Winona and Red Wing on Feb. 3, 2014


Clean-up efforts have been slow coming for some 12,000 gallons of crude oil that spilled from a railcar between the Minnesota towns of Winona and Red Wing on Feb. 3, 2014

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the spill happened because of a cap or valve problem from a car on a Canadian Pacific Railway train. The train dripped oil for more than 50 miles.

State law requires any spill of five gallons or more of fuel or oil be reported to the duty officer at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

A spokesperson for Canadian Pacific said the company is co-operating with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s investigation, and conducting one of its own.

According to new data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, more U.S. trains spilled oil in 2013 than all of 1975 to 2010 combined. 


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