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Train Derailment Dumps 230,000 Gallons Of Crude Oil Into The Rock River In Iowa

 

An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into the floodwaters of the Rock River in Iowa after a freight train carrying the oil derailed on June 22. The company that owned the train, BNSF Railway Co, said that 14 out of the 32 tankers leaked into the surrounding water. Crews were working to clean the mess and by June 23, it was reported that nearly half the spill was contained. Drone footage released by the Sioux County Sheriff’s office shows the extent of the spill. The effects were being felt as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, about 150 miles from the site. An official cause of the derailment has not been released. However, a disaster proclamation released by Gov Kim Reynolds blamed the flooding.

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