Derailed Train Dumps Ethanol in Mississippi River

Environmental impact unclear

Nov 9, 2015
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Though the leak was contained later that day, four cars discharged between five and 500 gallons, with a fifth dumping 18,000 gallons into the waterway.    Joshua Mayer / Flickr

A BNSF Railway train derailed Saturday morning in Alma, Wisconsin, sending thousands of gallons of ethanol into the Mississippi River, as reported by Reuters. Though the leak was contained later that day, four cars discharged between five and 500 gallons, with a fifth dumping 18,000 gallons into the waterway. 

“BNSF is continuing to monitor for environmental impacts and to work on scene with the multiple federal and state agencies involved,” a BNSF representative told Reuters. 

The company began transferring the remaining liquid from damaged cars Sunday morning. The incident preceded an oil spill in the state on Sunday, in which 13 Canadian Pacific Railway cars derailed in Watertown, Wisconsin, resulting in the evacuation of dozens of homes, according to the Star Tribune.

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