Thursday, 24 August, 2017

Mosier train derailment spills oil, sparks fire

An aerial view of the smoke and fire from an oil train derailment in Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge An aerial view of the smoke and fire from an oil train derailment in Mosier in the Columbia River Gorge
Howard Terry | 04 June, 2016, 15:05

Train tracks and tanker cars weren't built to accommodate trains carrying loads of heavy crude oil, making the trains more likely to derail.

Black smoke could be seen following the accident, which occurred in Mosier, near the Columbia River.

Ten train cars have derailed off a Union Pacific track in Mosier, Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has closed I-84 between Cascade Locks and The Dalles. Hunt did not know how fast the train was traveling at the time, but witnesses said it was going slowly as it passed the town of Mosier, Oregon, about 70 miles east of Portland.

The derailment today of multiple oil tanker cars and resulting fire in the Columbia River Gorge reaffirms the danger that transporting oil by rail still poses to people and the environment - despite new safety rules meant to prevent such accidents.

The plan overnight is to continue to cool off the derailed rail cars.

The train is operated by Union Pacific, which hasn't returned calls.

The final decision on the oil train terminal is in the hands of Washington Governor Jay Inslee, who says he's waiting on a recommendation from the Washington State Energy Facility Evaluation Council before making a decision.

"History has repeatedly shown just how deadly and risky oil train crashes can be", Sierra Club campaigner Lena Moffitt said Friday.

A runaway Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway train that had been left unattended derailed, spilling oil and catching fire inside the town of Lac-Megantic in Quebec. No one was injured, but more than 2,000 residents were evacuated as emergency responders struggled with the intense fire. It is unclear which type of oil is involved. Six cars exploded into flames and an estimated 60,000 gallons of oil spilled. Oil was released from at least one rail auto.

As Michael Lang, conservation director at Friends of the Columbia Gorge, told the Mercury late a year ago: "These trains go through small towns along the gorge".

A train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge sent a massive column of black smoke into the sky Friday afternoon. A spokesman for the railroad didn't immediately return calls. "Simply put, transporting oil by rail - or by any method - is a disaster waiting to happen".

Stay on topic - This helps keep the thread focused on the discussion at hand.

Recommended

  • Blue Angels pilot killed in Tennessee crash was Colorado native

    Like the rest of America, Northview High School teacher Anna Barry was shocked to learn that Blue Angels pilot Capt. On their almost hour-long ride together, Kuss showed Gerckens the tricks and maneuvers the powerful jet could do.
    Ben Affleck Says Batman Movie Will Feature Original Story

    Ben Affleck Says Batman Movie Will Feature Original Story

    What say you? Ben Affleck will return as the Caped Crusader in Suicide Squad , out in movie theaters August 5. Affleck said he would do an original story but that he would *ahem* borrow the great stuff from the comics.
    How your prediction of new president can make you rich

    How your prediction of new president can make you rich

    Still, there are more States to win, before we will know the real winner, and more chances to receive a profit. Still, with odious millionaire Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz it can be a tough battle.
  • Investors Target Premier League Clubs Due to Rising Profits

    Investors Target Premier League Clubs Due to Rising Profits

    A further estimate shows that the operating profits of the clubs could double to reach a cumulative one billion in the end. Dan Jones, the report editor, expressed that Premier League clubs have reached a turning point with such an achievement.
    NDA militants takes responsibility for overnight attacks on Shell installations in Forçados

    NDA militants takes responsibility for overnight attacks on Shell installations in Forçados

    The NDA has stated unambiguously what it is setting out to achieve: "Our goal is to cripple Nigeria's economy". Former President Goodluck Jonathan, who comes from the Niger Delta , continued the scheme.
    Flash of light, loud boom over Phoenix skies likely a meteor

    Flash of light, loud boom over Phoenix skies likely a meteor

    NASA believes the fireball, which lit the pre-dawn sky over Phoenix, was a small asteroid burning up in Earth's atmosphere. The first videos and photos of the meteor streak show a dramatic bright flare as the space rock fizzles overhead.
  • The Penguins Weather Storms to Once Again Win

    The Penguins Weather Storms to Once Again Win

    Twenty-three year old Conor Sheary was the hero on a face-off play that had been diagrammed by captain Sidney Crosby. In other NHL Finals betting news the Sharks are tied as the fifth most likely team to win the Stanley Cup in 2017.
    Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Starts Wednesday

    Louisiana Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Starts Wednesday

    More than $180 million in savings are included in the state operating budget proposal for the financial year that begins July 1. In January, on his first day in office, Edwards signed an executive order to expand the Medicaid program in Louisiana.
    The Elder Scrolls Online's sneaky, stabby Dark Brotherhood DLC is out now

    The Elder Scrolls Online's sneaky, stabby Dark Brotherhood DLC is out now

    With that in mind, Bethesda's " Dark Brotherhood " DLC pack is anticipated to render better image for the gaming industry. Some assassins may even be granted a Black Sacrament to fulfill on behalf of the Night Mother herself.
  • Ichiro Suzuki Breaks Pete Rose's All-Time Hits Record

    Ichiro Suzuki Breaks Pete Rose's All-Time Hits Record

    Unfortunately, the one person who doesn’t seem too happy about Ichiro breaking the record is the former owner of the record. Grace said he didn’t care if some of the hits came in Japan because Ichiro was still getting them against professionals.
    A Look at the Growth of the Canadian Online Gambling Market over the past 10 years

    A Look at the Growth of the Canadian Online Gambling Market over the past 10 years

    There are now several online gambling sites operating in the country including Bodog, owned by Canadian billionaire Calvin Arye. The KGC also carries out similar functions for other online gambling operators from around the world.
    Vicente claims glory at Scottish National

    Vicente claims glory at Scottish National

    With mixed fortunes in past races, recent form for Vicente meant that he was the 14/1 outsider for the race with bookmakers Coral. Having started the day trailing, wins for Vivaldi Collonges and Le Mercury added over £40,000 to Nicholls’ total.

Dirty tricks of casino Dirty tricks of casino This is how people can feel themselves more comfortable with low ceilings, but their attention drawn to the object at the bottom. Therefore, in order not to cause you unnecessary association casino changes your money on the colored glass chips.

Microgaming Releasing new games Microgaming Releasing new games Featuring five lines with twenty five pay lines this game will happy welcome players staking anywhere between $0.25 - $250 a time. Pistoleras Not another wild west themed game! Well hold your horses because this is a Western slots game with a real difference.

Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday's $235 million jackpot Mega Millions winning numbers for Tuesday's $235 million jackpot It would be a lucky day if someone from MI won, making it the largest Mega Millions prize ever won in the state. Neither of those players played the Megaplier however, which would have increased their winnings to $5 million.