Train full of crude oil derails in Maine — “We’ve been aware something like this morning’s spill could be coming” (VIDEO)

Published: March 7th, 2013 at 10:59 pm ET
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AP, Mar 7, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tip): A train carrying crude oil derailed Thursday in eastern Maine, causing a minor spill [...] Fifteen cars of a 96-car train went off the tracks [...] said Cynthia Scarano, executive vice president of Pan Am Railways. [...] Scarano said a couple of gallons leaked, at most, likely from oil that spilled onto the seals of some of the tank car covers when the cars were filled with oil. “From what we see now, there’s no leaking,” she said from Pan Am headquarters in Billerica, Mass. [...] The growing volume has been a concern for the DEP, Warren said. “We’ve been aware something like this morning’s spill could be coming,” she said. [...]

WABI TV5: [...] The Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Transportation, and maintenance crews from Pan Am Railways are on the scene. [...] “We were aware that the railroad is gonna start hauling crude oil up through the area, roughly 2,500 cars a month. We’ve started preparing for this, this is just a lot sooner than we had expected,” said Chief Powers. [...] crews are reporting slow leaks from several of the tank cars.

WCSH6: In the meantime, Pan Am crews will work to clean up the mess.  [...] “Its going to take about two, three days trying to clean the mess up,” said Robert Powers of the Mattawamkeag Fire Department. “The team that’s here, and the more that are on the way, I’m confident that we won’t have any issues.”

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3 comments to Train full of crude oil derails in Maine — “We’ve been aware something like this morning’s spill could be coming” (VIDEO)

  • Thad

    Fron above–
    "Scarano said a couple of gallons leaked, at most, likely from oil that spilled onto the seals of some of the tank car covers when the cars were filled with oil. “From what we see now, there’s no leaking,”


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    • majorrick

      Nice job repeating the line of the company mouthpiece

      Scarano = VP of train owner

      "From what we see now, there's no leaking," she said from Pan Am headquarters in Billerica, Mass.

      …Massachussetts.

      Poeple on scene: "A spokeswoman for the DEP says crews are reporting slow leaks from several of the tank cars"


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  • skizexq skizexq

    The heated discussions have come up regarding the coal trains out here from Montana through WA…expected if the terminal is built at CherryPoint refinery area of Whatcom Cty WA..and all the jobs it'll bring, blah blah, blah. not…

    There's lots of track right by the sound on many places, the coal train wreck might not be so bad but they are exporting much more crude from the midwest by train and a wreck into the sea of a fully loaded oil train at ocean level insert added hazards of cliffs and huge boulders…heaven forbid a coal train running head on into a oil train by accident in computer routing router error, would be a toxic tragedy.
    More stuff to worry about.
    Funny our gas prices are rising and rising as more and more crude and gas is being exported, it's back up in some places. Can;t stop COMMERCE I guess, but we are trying.

    I see Amtrak is pushing to change tracks above Seattle so they can go faster and not be stopped so often (for days and days in the rainy season) – by those PESKY LANDSLIDES. I think Amtrak's 'moving on over' from that track so more coal and oil trains can use the one in the landslide zone more freq. Great idea. Not.


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