Canadian National Train Derails in Saskatchewan

A Canadian National Railway Co. freight train derailed in western Saskatchewan and one of the cars leaked oil, police and the company said.

Seventeen cars from a westbound train carrying a mixture of freight derailed at about 4:15 a.m. local time near the town of Landis, Warren Chandler, a spokesman for Montreal-based Canadian National, said in a telephone interview. One of the railcars is leaking a “relatively small amount” of lubricating oil, and crews immediately began using vacuum trucks to recover the product, he said.

The incident comes as regulators in Canada and the U.S. are reviewing rules for transporting hazardous materials after a runaway train carrying oil derailed and exploded on July 6 in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killing 47 people.

No one was injured in today’s derailment, Chandler said. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said it’s sending an investigator to the site of the incident. The size of the leak is unknown at this time, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in an e-mailed statement.

Three of the cars on the train that derailed today were carrying lubricating oil, Canadian National’s Chandler said. Two others were carrying condensate, and one was transporting ethanol, he said.

Oil producers across North America are increasingly shipping crude to refineries by train as proposed new pipelines are delayed. Canadian producers will be able to load as much as 900,000 barrels a day of crude onto railcars by the end of next year, more than the capacity of the Keystone XL pipeline proposed from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast, according to an estimate by investment bank Peters & Co. in Calgary.

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