Officials are taking a hard look at safety issues surrounding the growing transportation of crude oil by rail following this week's fiery train derailment in eastern North Dakota. A 106-car BNSF freight train carrying crude oil from the state's Bakken oil field went off the tracks Monday in a spectacular and devastating accident.
The accident caused violent toxic explosions and a hazardous plume of smoke in the region, although no injuries were reported. The derailment was the fourth major accident of 2013 involving a freight train transporting oil.
Forty-seven people were killed in July when a crude oil train derailed and exploded in a town in Canada's Quebec Province, just across the border from Maine.
Another derailment occurred in October in Alberta, Canada, and yet another a month later, when a train carrying about 2.7 million gallons of crude oil exploded and burned in Alabama.
Despite the string of accidents, America's railroads boast an impressive record when it comes to transporting hazardous freight, and especially oil.
Fortunately we have a guarantee from the Present Rail Party that it could not happen here. And we know how truthful they are. It could fall on a lot of people.