Friday, May 30, 2014

Shale Oil Terror Trains

by Chip Northrup

Who needs a pipeline when the PetroTerrorists can simply wipe out whole towns one Tanker Terror Train at a time ? The frackers have found new ways to turn old fashioned crude oil tanker cars into 21st Century Tank Bombs. One train load at a time. How do they do it ? By pumping the tank cars full of volatile toxic chemicals, not just crude oil. Voila. Not your granddad’s oil tanker anymore. But a catastrophe waiting for a town to happen in. Roll a hundred of these bad boys onto a siding, let the temperature rise so that the volatiles expand and leak and then KABOOM. Adios Mayberry. Or Buffalo. Or Kansas City.
Mover over Timothy McVeigh and Osama, there’s a new breed of terrorist coming to town. One tank car at a time.  
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is issuing this safety  alert to notify the general public, emergency responders and shippers and carriers that shale oil is more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil.

Great report by Steve Horn:

Shale Oil in Train Explosion Contained High Levels of Volatile Chemicals

Shale Terror Train
Shale Terror Train
On January 2, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a major safety alert, declaring oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in the Bakken Shale may be more chemically explosive than the agency or industry previously admitted publicly.
This alert came three days after the massive Casselton, ND explosion of a freight rail train owned by Warren Buffett‘s Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) and was the first time the U.S. Department of Transportation agency ever made such a statement about Bakken crude. In July 2013, another freight train carrying Bakken crude exploded in Lac-Mégantic, vaporizing and killing 47 people.
Yet, an exclusive DeSmogBlog investigation reveals the company receiving that oil downstream from BNSF — Marquis Missouri Terminal LLC, incorporated in April 2012 by Marquis Energy — already admitted as much in a September 2012 permit application to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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