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BNSF oil train derails, catches fire in North Dakota

12.31.2013  | 

A BNSF Railway train carrying oil erupted into flames after colliding with railcars that went off the tracks earlier in North Dakota, causing a series of explosions that forced local residents to take cover.

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By LYNN DOAN & EDWARD WELSCH

FORT WORTH (Bloomberg)-- A BNSF Railway train carrying oil erupted into flames after colliding with railcars that went off the tracks earlier in North Dakota, causing a series of explosions that forced local residents to take cover. As of December 31, thousands of residents had been advised to evacuate due to the possibly toxic fumes from the fire.

It was the fourth major North American derailment in six months by trains transporting crude. Record volumes of oil are moving by rail as shale plays from North Dakota to Texas have spurred United States output to the most since 1988 and pipeline capacity has failed to keep up. Berkshire’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad carried about 500,000 bopd in March, CEO Warren Buffett said at the time.

“A westbound train carrying soybeans derailed just west of Casselton just after 2 p.m., and then an eastbound train carrying oil hit that derailed train, causing a series of explosions and then a subsequent fire,” Fong said.

BNSF, based in Fort Worth, Texas, didn’t provide an estimate for when the tracks will reopen.

Railway Route

“If it happened in a bad place, maybe a junction where trains need to get through to go south or east, this could become a big problem for both the Bakken market and for oil refiners in the east,” David Hackett, president of Stillwater Associates, an oil markets consulting firm in Irvine, California, said by telephone. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the railway could move trains around all this and reroute.”

The train carrying crude was made up of 111 cars, about half of which have been detached from the wreck, Fong said. The rest were involved in the accident, she said.

One railcar can hold about 700 barrels of oil, according to the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Department’s statistical arm.



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