Cleanup of oil from derailment in Iowa begins

Cesar Mills
June 26, 2018

"We are containing the oil that was spilled as close to the incident as possible using containment booms and recovering it with skimmers and vacuum trucks", he said. About 31 cars derailed after the tracks reportedly collapsed due to saturation from flood waters from adjacent Little Rock River.

Williams said the derailed cars were a model known as DOT-117Rs, indicating they were newer or had been retrofitted to be safer and help prevent leaks in the event of an accident. Roughly 100,000 gallons has been contained with booms in a low-lying area filled with floodwaters near the derailment.

The railroad will focus on environmental recovery.

Drone footage released by authorities in Iowa shows oil spreading across flooded fields following a devastating train derailment.

Cleanup of an oil spill caused by the derailment of almost three dozen oil tankers in northwestern Iowa has begun.

The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta to Stroud, Okla., for ConocoPhillips.

City public information officer Travis Olson says the wells were shut down as soon as Rock Valley officials were told of the derailment and oil spill north of them early Friday morning.

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Some officials have speculated that floodwaters eroded soil beneath the train track. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons of oil. The river rose rapidly after 13 to 18 cm of rain fell in the days prior to the derailment.

BNSF railroad spokesman Andy Williams said no one was injured when the cars derailed around 4:30 a.m. Friday just south of Doon in Lyon County.

The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, approximately 150 miles (240 km) from the derailment site.

The National Weather Service says the Rock River is expected to crest later Friday about a foot below the 2014 record of almost 23 feet (7 meters), when several Rock Valley homes were damaged by the floodwater.

It's also unclear how many cars derailed and what caused the derailment.

The city, with a population of almost 3,400, will stay on the rural water system until testing by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources confirms the safety of the city's drinking water, Olson said.

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