To Friends of all river communities, and the Mississippi River:
Location of today’s derailment: This one beside open backwaters of our precious river, on tracks south of Galena, IL – southeast of Dubuque, IA. Remote area, 5 or so cars. Huge flames and explosions. This time CRUDE OIL, almost certainly highly inflammable Bakken Crude being raced to the coast for processing and sale to highest bidders. (Think sales in liters.)
Recall that when KWWL Channel 7 out of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA did research following recent ethanol derailment north of Dubuque, they learned that derailments AVERAGED 1,300 per year in U.S. over the past 5-years. And we know rail traffic is going to increase tremendously through communities beside the Mississippi. Where are property values headed?
When and where will the next derailment happen beside the Mississippi and into the most visited refuge in the nation???
Why aren’t corporations in North Dakota required to mix stabilizing substances with Bakken Crude the way other companies do it in Texas and Oklahoma???
What is the real story behind DOT 111 “rail bombs” still running on tracks in U.S.???
We ignore this issue at our own peril if we live anywhere near rail lines paralleling the Mississippi. And obviously, crude oil derailments threaten the Upper Miss. Refuge like nothing else.
When decisions impacting all that we value are made, “We either have a seat at the table, or, we are on the menu!!!!”
Please be prepared to go to work on these relatively new and highly important issues.
KWWL TV Channel 7 out of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, and KCRG TV Channel 9 carried this derailment on their evening news. I’m sure other news outlets will be carrying it soon. Tune in or go online to learn more. . . . . . .