BNSF is trying to keep oil from the Galina River, just upstream from the Mississippi River. The recent spate of oil train derailments has led to calls for federal and state safety rules to address volatile Bakken oil.
West Virginia is reeling from an oil train derailment that destroyed a house, forced the evacuation of about 2,400 people and spilled oil into the state's Kanawha River. Will water protection reforms enacted in the wake of last year's historic chemical spill withstand recent efforts to weaken them?
It may take more than a year before federal investigators can say what caused the derailment of 13 cars carrying crude oil from North Dakota in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia last month, but east coast communities don't need an official report to imagine what a crude derailment could do in their town.