Jan 2, 2014 at 1:26 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Following a string of explosive accidents, federal officials say crude oil being shipped by rail from the Northern Plains across the U.S. and Canada may be more flammable than traditional forms of oil.
The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a safety alert Thursday. It warns the public, emergency responders and shippers about the potential high volatility of crude being shipped from the Bakken oil shale patch in Montana and North Dakota.
The warning comes in the aftermath of the massive explosion caused by Monday's oil train derailment near Casselton, N.D. No one was hurt, but worries about toxic fumes prompted the evacuation of hundreds of residents.
In July, a Bakken crude train derailment killed 47 people in Lac Megantic, Quebec. Another oil train derailed and exploded in Alabama in November.
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