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Railroads must warn when trains carrying crude oil are passing through

Oil train fire and explosion 12/30/13 near Casselton North Dakota.  Photo: KFGO-AM
Oil train fire and explosion 12/30/13 near Casselton North Dakota. Photo: KFGO-AM

PORTAGE, WI (WTAQ) - Starting Wednesday, railroads are ordered to give states the heads-up when they're about to pass through with trains full of crude oil from North Dakota.  

Wisconsin is among those affected, as shippers send highly combustible crude from the Bakken fields through the Badger State to East Coast refineries.  

Oak Creek Fire Chief Tom Rosandich says millions of gallons go through Milwaukee County each month.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has analyzed federal data about train accidents -- and it found nine trains spilled crude oil in the Badger State since 2012, causing over $25,000 in damages. Six of the spills took place at Portage, including one in February when a loose or missing valve caused 7,500 gallons of crude to leak out.  

Wisconsin Emergency Management has training sessions around the state to help local officials deal with crude oil train mishaps. A dozen sessions are scheduled from now through the end of June.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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