Yesterday I brought you the news that there could be even more oil trains moving through our area in coming years (see post below), now today local emergency responders are saying that if an oil train exploded, they would be “challenged” to deal with such an event, to say the least.

Local officials testified last night at a hearing on the growth in oil shipments by rail. The risk of a wreck and explosion, such the one that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, or evacuated the town of Casselton, North Dakota, figured prominently in the speakers’ remarks. And fire officials say firefighters need more training and equipment, and exercises to help local emergency officials prepare a coordinated response.

Those officials also asked the BNSF Railway to take some steps to take our community safe.
The Spokesman-Review has the story.

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