Oil Trains in Oregon

Rail officials are pointing to track failure as the likely cause of an oil train derailment along the Columbia River on Friday. More than one hundred residents in the small town of Mosier had to be evacuated when the derailed cars burst into flames, billowing toxic smoke.

The oil being carried on that train comes from the Bakken Formation, a crude oil that is extremely volatile and shipped by rail not only along the Columbia River Gorge, but also in Central Oregon as well.

Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel looks at why first responders, state officials and environmental groups are so concerned about trains like this, going off the rails.

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