Oil train shipments in Montana raise concern
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Some western Montana residents wonder how
increased crude oil train shipments will be kept safe along sensitive places
like the border of Glacier National Park.
The federal government plans to roll out tougher proposed standards next
week, but for some residents along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River,
more work is needed.
The railroad along U.S. Highway 2 has a checkered history for derailments.
No oil or other hazardous material has spilled, but tank cars have toppled
into Whitefish Lake, requiring extensive cleanup efforts.
Flathead County Disaster and Emergency Services deputy director Cindy
Mullaney tells the Missoulian forest fires remain the No. 1 training concern
in the area for local responders, but hazardous materials is moving up the list.
Information from: Missoulian