On June 22, 2018, 32 oil tanker train cars from Alberta, Canada, derailed in the northwest corner of Iowa and dumped an estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil into floodwaters. The train was carrying ConocoPhillips oil to Oklahoma. No one was hurt in the accident. The new and retrofitted oil tanker cars were designed to prevent leaks in the event of a crash. Local news reported that BNSF Railway Company workers were on the accident site quickly and contained nearly half of the spilled crude oil. Cities downstream from the spill are monitoring their water systems to analyze whether the oil might seep into the Little Rock River. Reuters reported that the oil spill threatened to contaminate drinking water for residents about 150 miles downstream in Omaha, Nebraska. The day before the derailment, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a disaster proclamation for four counties in response to flooding and severe weather that began on June 14. EPA spokesman David Bryan said a complete assessment of the environmental impact cannot be made until floodwaters have receded.
The July 2, 2018 BNSF news release entitled BNSF responds to derailment near Doon, Iowa and announces claims number states:
BNSF Railway continues to focus on mitigation efforts at the scene of a crude oil train derailment near Doon, Iowa, where 32 rail cars derailed June 22, 2018. The impacted segment of track is now back in service. BNSF has established a claims hotline number for area residents and landowners at 866-243-4784.
Much of the 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in the incident is contained to a small triangular area between our tracks, Garfield Avenue and 270th Street. Removal is ongoing as well in that general area where flood waters have receded. Ongoing air monitoring efforts have found no levels of concern for conditions that could impact workers and the community.
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