Exactly two months after the latest Warren Buffett-owned BNSF train derailed near the spot where the Galena river meets the Mississippi, resulting in a huge fire and the evacuation of all homes in a one mile radius, moments ago another of Buffett's BNSF oil trains derailed, this time near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota, resulting in the same outcome.Well, thank heavens that oil wasn't being carried by the Keystone XL Pipeline, which might have spilled a minuscule amount of oil into the containment system at a pumping station somewhere.
According to the Bismark Tribune, the town in Wells County was evacuated Tuesday morning after a train full of oil tanker cars derailed and burned about a mile and half east of here.
Wells County Emergency Manager Tammy Roehrich said the BNSF Railway oil tanker train derailed around 7:30 a.m., setting six oil tanker cars on fire.
Roehrich said she couldn’t get close enough to the train to see whether it was exploding or just burning. No injuries were reported, she said.As a reminder, in 2013 another oil train, also owned by Buffett's Burlington Northern, derailed and led to the evacuation of the town of Casselton, and people living in a 5 mile radius.
“It looks a lot like Casselton,” she said, referring to the fiery train wreck of oil tankers near Casselton in late 2013.
The 30 or so residents of Heimdal were evacuated in response to the derailment. All were staying with family or friends, Roehrich said.
Maybe tankers full of oil should be moved through Washington D.C. with some regularity.