Train Accident Spills 230,000 Gallons of Oil, Service Resumed

BNSF Railway Co stated on Monday that service will be resumed Tuesday on tracks in northwestern Iowa where a train left the track and spilled crude oil from derailed cars.

The derailing occurred near Doon, Iowa on Friday, sending 32 rail cars off the track with an estimated 230,000 gallons of spilled oil into flood waters including a nearby river.

The train included close to 58,000 barrels of crude oil traveling from Western Canada to Stroud, Oklahoma for oil producer ConocoPhillips, a Conoco spokesman said. The oil company said it doesn’t expect any serious disruption to its shipments due to the accident.

BNSF said in a statement that the crew is nearly finished removing the oil damage from the incident as well as repairing the tracks.

Booms have been placed “approximately five miles downstream to capture any oil that may have traveled with floodwaters through nearby fields.” said the railroad company.

BNSF has not said what caused the train accident. No injuries or fire resulted from the incident.



Dakota Access Pipeline Subcontractor Killed in Accident

A subcontractor for the Dakota Access oil pipeline was killed in an apparent accident in North Dakota, a state regulator announced Saturday.

The man, whose name has not yet been released, died of his injuries on Friday afternoon according to North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Brian Kalk.

Kalk said the man was working alone on a tractor on Thursday to cover the underground pipeline with soil and grass seed when he suffered a major head injury while using the equipment. He was then taken to a Minot hospital.

Kalk reported that the company has no reason to believe the cause of his death was anything but a “terrible accident.”

Regulators have said they expect a full report on the incident by early this week, according to Kalk.

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PHMSA Proposes a Civil Penalty of Over $1 Million to Sunoco


PHMSA on Friday issued a Notice of Probable Violation (NOPV) and Proposed Compliance Order, and proposed $1,539,800 in civil penalties after its investigation that the operator allegedly failed to report an accident that occurred in 2013 at the West Texas Gulf Pipeline Company’s facility in Wortham, Texas, wholly owned by Sunoco Logistics Partners. 

The PHMSA Southwest Region Office of Pipeline Safety received an information request on March 4, 2015 for an alleged event at the West Texas Gulf Pipeline Company facility operated by Sunoco. The alleged accident was said to have occurred while Sunoco and its contractors were performing pipeline modifications at the facility, which resulted in a release of 0.1 barrels of crude oil and an injury that required hospitalization in February of 2013.

The PHMSA SW Region followed the information request with an investigation of the alleged accident and found 15 violations of the pipeline safety regulations related to the accident.

Read the enforcement documents resulting from the investigation here.