Why tar sands train became a fireball

Times Union | February 23, 2015 | Post by Eric Anderson

The volatility of Bakken crude, with its dissolved gases, is well-known. But until now, the thick tar sands oil that railroads want to carry to the Port of Albany has been regarded as a pollution threat but not an explosive one.

Now, trade publication Railway Age is reporting that the diluents added to help bitumen flow more smoothly also are boosting its volatility. The Canadian National oil train that derailed in Ontario just two days before a CSX oil train carrying Bakken crude left the tracks in West Virginia was carrying diluted bitumen, and like the CSX train, it too exploded.

“This may be disruptive news for bitumen shippers, carriers and regulators,” Railway Age’s David Thomas reported.

The article, posted by People of Albany United for Safe Energy, is here.

http://blog.timesunion.com/business/why-tar-sands-train-became-a-fireball/63913/

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