Union Pacific line in Colorado operating after derailment

Mon May 12, 2014 9:52am EDT

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(Reuters) - U.S. railroad company Union Pacific Corp said on Monday that a rail line on which a train derailed near the town of LaSalle in northern Colorado was back in service.

The train, which was heading to an East Coast destination, spilled 5,300 gallons of oil on Friday morning.

The line, which is used about once a day, connects Windsor, where the oil originated, and other towns in the Niobrara oil shale formation in northeastern Colorado.

Over the past several months, the industry has been under heightened government scrutiny due to an increase in train derailments involving oil tank cars. The amount of oil moving by rail from shale formations, like Niobrara and Bakken, has risen sharply because the regions are not well-connected to pipelines.

Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said there were no injuries in the derailment and the rail line was back in service by Sunday evening. He did not know who owned the oil or its exact destination.

He said six of the train's 100 cars derailed. Only one car leaked. Each car can hold about 28,000 gallons of oil, he said. No oil reached the South Platte River located near the town of LaSalle.

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

(The company corrects this story to say rail line back in service Sunday, not Saturday in 5th paragraph)

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Comments (1)
morbas wrote:
Rail infrastructure redesign to wider gauge is needed. The present gauge is ad-hock, accommodating two abreast horses. This a standard defined by a Roman Empire 2,000 years-ago. The gauge was adopted only to accommodate existing carriage tooling. With heavier freight, and the demand for longer tank cars, unbalanced top heavy cars present derailment catastrophe in the waiting.
Congress must open up infrastructure projects to enable USA economics. Reduce/eliminate naval shipping that uses waste grade oil fuel. Switch to North/Central/South America Rail infrastructure to include a Trans-Bearing Strait route as a matter of efficiency. Re-Engineer rail gauge for reliability and speed. Make Truck/rail/freeway portals at interstate intersections, thus reducing fuel consumption and promoting local electric transport. Build national level canals for water distribution relieving drought by using excessive fresh water run of. We might then improve CO2 sequester by irrigating our mid plane deserts. One of the canal paths through the Rockies could be coupled with a SF to Denver Maglev 2G space ramp using a common power generation infrastructure. Thus promoting Maglev transit as a spinoff of Space Access Maglev launch capacity.
We should build on a strategic infrastructure designed to make USA a Global transportation hub, linking Americas (North Central South) to the old world. Not because this is easy or hard, because this will be our challenge, we must be willing to better mankind.
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