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Investigative Unit: 'Bakken Bombs' rolling through communities

3 years 3 months 1 week ago March 14, 2014 Mar 14, 2014 Friday, March 14 2014 March 14, 2014 4:31 AM in The Investigative Unit
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Marsh, Trey Schmaltz

ST. JAMES- There is growing concern about what is inside tank cars that carry Bakken Oil along railroads in South Louisiana.

Recently, trains hauling the oil have crashed and exploded into out-of-control infernos. Most recently, there were disasters in the northern part of the United States and also Canada.

The trains run through the capital region and many people don't even know of the potential disaster.

"I never knew that something of that nature would happen," said Laura Washington. Washington lives in Grosse Tete.

Sixty-three miles away, in St. James Parish, the superintendent of the public school system is considering moving a school because of Bakken Oil and the concern that comes with hauling it through his parish and storing it there.

"If we need to move the school, we're definitely getting prepared for that," said Lonnie Luce.

Federal regulators and the Association of American Railroads agree something should be done to lessen the possibility of a fiery event along the tracks. Among the considerations: using new, upgraded rail cars, set slower speed limits for oil trains as they pass through populated areas, increase track inspections and do more testing on the oil to gauge volatility.

Watch the attached video for more on the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit special report by Michael Marsh.


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