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article imageCanadian train derails, 575 barrels of crude oil spilled in Sask.

By Marcus Hondro     May 21, 2013 in Environment
A train derailment in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan has lead to an oil spill. Five cars carrying oil derailed near the town of Jansen but just one spilled oil. The amount spilled was 575 barrels of Western crude.
There were 64 cars on the train, carrying both oil and freight. Ed Greenberg, a spokesman for Canadian Pacific Railway, said that the spill is being contained on the site. He could not say when the clean-up would be complete.
"We are ensuring that any of the spilled product is cleaned up," Greenberg told the CBC. "We will make sure we will take the time to carry out the response." He said the clean-up process will included vacuum trucks and the removal of contaminated soil.
This is the third spill of crude oil by CPR in the past 2 months. There was a 360 barrel spill in the state of Minnesota in late March and a week later a 400 barrel spill in Northern Ontario. The railway has gone on record as saying they are looking into new technology to limit train derailments, but have provided no timeline on when that may occur.
The spill is being investigated by the country's Transportation Safety Board.
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