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Canadian Pacific Derailment Spills Crude in Minnesota

A Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. train carrying crude oil derailed in west-central Minnesota, spilling between 20,000 and 30,000 gallons, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said.

The train derailed at 7 a.m., and oil leaked from one of 14 cars carrying crude that went off the tracks, according to Ed Greenberg, a Minneapolis-based spokesman for Canadian Pacific. The train had 94 cars in all, he said.

Dan Olson, a spokesman for the state agency in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, said by telephone that the spill came from three rail cars with a capacity of 26,000 gallons each.

“It’s not flowing anywhere because of the frozen conditions and it’s not sinking into the ground, so we do not feel there’s an environmental threat either to surface water or groundwater,” Olson said.

The crude was being shipped south from western Canada, according to Greenberg, who said Canadian Pacific can reroute trains on other lines to prevent a backup from the spill. There’s no estimate for how long it will take to clean up the oil and clear the track.

The derailed cars were carrying a mixed load of crude and other cargo, said Kevin Smith, an assistant fire chief with the Parkers Prairie Fire Department.

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