Iowans are beginning to see more news focusing on oil tanker rail car safety. The Business Record picked up a KCCI news item about this subject. (See below.) I picked up on the same issue from an advertisement in the Wall Street Journal. And if you do a little research on-line with the search term string, ‘advertisement for safer oil tanker cars on rail lines’, you will find several articles including the Reuters article I quote below. If you live in the vicinity of train tracks used to haul oil out of the Bakken you should be cognizant of the special dangers posed by a derailment where fracking oil is the cargo. There should be no doubt an accident is coming to Iowa, the only question is when.
(Reuters) - BNSF Railway Co plans to move into tank car ownership and buy its own fleet of up to 5,000 new crude oil tank cars with safety features that exceed the latest industry standards, the unit of investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) said on Thursday.
Business Record: Trains carrying oil across Iowa increase significantly
The number of trains carrying at least a million gallons of volatile crude oil across Nebraska and Iowa has increased significantly this spring. BNSF railroad has told emergency management officials in both states that it is now hauling 20 to 30 trains loaded with oil from North Dakota's Bakken region through the area. That's up significantly from last summer, when federal regulators began requiring railroads to notify state officials about trains carrying at least 1 million gallons of oil. Railroad shipments of crude oil are facing additional scrutiny and tougher regulations because there have been several fiery derailments involving the commodity in recent years. The worst one happened in July 2013 and killed 47 people in a small Canadian city just across the U.S.-Canada border from Maine.
See Exclusive: BNSF to move into tank car ownership with safer oil fleet, Kristen Hays and Cezary Podkul, Reuters, Feb. 20, 2014