By CAROLINE VAN HASSELT
TORONTO -- A Canadian Pacific Railway train, bound for
Chicago and carrying Canadian crude, derailed in western
Minnesota Wednesday, spilling some of its load.
The amount of oil spilled initially appears to be small,
involving some of the contents of just four rail cars, the
company said. CP also said the spill had been contained and no
injuries were reported.
Still, the derailment comes amid a surge in rail-shipped oil
across North America, as US and Canadian production booms. That
has heightened scrutiny over the safety of transporting
increasing quantities of crude on the continent's
Ed Greenberg, a CP spokesman, said 14 cars of a 94-car train
derailed near Parkers Prairie, Minn. There were no injuries and
no public safety issues.
Four of the 14 derailed cars were ruptured, spilling some crude
oil, he said. The company didn't have an immediate estimate for
the amount of oil spilled.
CP crews are on the scene, and the spill is being contained,
he said. The cause of the derailment, which occurred at 7 a.m.
central time, is as yet unknown, Mr. Greenberg said.
The Otter Tail County sheriff's office said it was
The train originated from the Canadian province of Alberta.
Amid a surge in Canadian oil output and a lack of pipeline
capacity out of the landlocked province, producers and refiners
have increasingly turned to rail as an alternative way of
shipping oil to market.
Peters & Co., a Calgary consultancy, recently estimated
that rail shipments of western Canadian crude have leapt some
150%, to some 150,000 bpd in the last eight months.
US producers and refiners, meanwhile, have also turned to
railroads to make up for a lack of pipeline capacity out of the
US Midwest, where growing shale-oil production has triggered a
glut of crude.
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