900000 litres of Alberta crude dumped into Iowa floodwater

900000 litres of Alberta crude dumped into Iowa floodwater

Officials say 230 000 gal. spilled after the derailment, with some of it being carried down the Little Rock and Rock rivers.

A Conoco spokesman said that each tank auto could hold more than 25,000 gallons of oil (about 600 42-gallon barrels).

According to the Associated Press, officials at the scene believed that the floodwaters were a factor in the derailment, but were unsure whether high water pushed cars off the track, damaged the track in some way, or played some other role.

Williams said he was unsure how much oil leaked and how numerous cars were leaking. Roughly 100,000 gallons (378,530 liters) has been contained with booms in a low-lying area filled with floodwaters near the derailment. Skimmers and vacuum trucks were being used to remove the oil.

Williams said oil will be removed from the containment site with equipment to separate the oil from the water.

"In addition to focusing on the environmental recovery, ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and so far have found no levels of concern", Williams said.

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(Doon)- Flooding is believed to have been the cause of a train derailment in Lyon county early this (Fri.) morning that has resulted in the evacuation of some residents there. Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep (VAN'-dur stoop) in neighboring Lyon County says the train derailed between 5 and 5:30 a.m. Friday just south of Doon.

While the cause for the derailment has not been officially determined, a disaster proclamation by the state's governor and local officials blamed flooding caused by two days of heavy rain for eroding the soil beneath the railroad tracks.

Crews are trying to determine how quickly crude oil leaking from derailed railroad tanker cars in northwest Iowa will reach cities downstream. Williams said officials hoped to reach the cars Saturday.

The train was carrying tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to Stroud, Oklahoma, for ConocoPhillips. ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo said each tanker can hold more than 25 000 gal. of oil.

The derailment also caused concern downstream, including as far south as Omaha, about 150 miles from the derailment site. The city of Rock Valley, Iowa, has already shut down its water wells and plans to drain and clean them until testing indicates the water is safe to drink.

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