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Derailed train in Canada releases 1.5m litres of oil

11 December 2019

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said the December 9 derailment of a Canadian Pacific Railway train in Saskatchewan involved the estimated release of 1.5 million litres of oil.

Image from an earlier oil train crash in Canada: TSB
Image from an earlier oil train crash in Canada: TSB

The TSB said 33 oil tank cars and one hopper car derailed near Guernsey, 115 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon, causing a fire and smoke column. No injuries were reported and no waterways were affected.

Of the derailed cars, about 20 were breached and spilled out product and became engulfed in a large pool fire which burned for approximately 24 hours, the board said in a December 112 release.

“About 19 of the cars lost their entire loads releasing an estimated 1.5 million litres of product to either the ground or atmosphere. A more precise determination of the tank car damage and the amount of product released will be made as product is recovered and the investigation progresses.”

Earlier this week, Saskatchewan’s public safety agency said there was no risk to the public. Environmental protection officers were monitoring the site.

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