UPDATE: Crews unload oil from 10 oil cars, 100,000 of 230,000 gallons spilled contained
DOON, Ia (Associated Press) —
The Latest on the crude oil leaking after a train derailment in northwest Iowa (all times local):
JUNE 24, 2018:
Crews are working to contain and clean up crude that spilled when an oil train derailed in northwestern Iowa.
BNSF railroad spokesman Andy Williams says workers have unloaded oil from 10 of the oil tank cars that didn't leak after Friday's derailment. Officials have said 14 of the 32 cars that derailed in Lyon County leaked oil.
Officials say 230,000 gallons (870,619 liters) spilled. Roughly 100,000 gallons (378,530 liters) has been contained with booms in a low-lying area filled with floodwaters near the derailment.
Cities downstream from the spill are monitoring their water systems.
Workers will continue unloading oil from the rest of the cars and removing them from the area over the next several days. It wasn't immediately clear Sunday how long the effort will take.
JUNE 23, 2018:
A railroad official says 14 of 32 derailed oil tanker cars in the northwest corner of Iowa dumped an estimated 230,000 gallons (870,619 liters) of crude oil into floodwaters, with some making its way to nearby rivers.
BNSF spokesman Andy Williams confirmed the details Saturday. He says nearly half the spill had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed approximately 5 miles (8.05 kilometers) downstream. Williams had earlier said 33 oil cars derailed.
Williams says oil will be removed from that containment site with equipment to separate the oil from the water.
The railroad will focus on environmental recovery. Williams says "ongoing monitoring is occurring for any potential conditions that could impact workers and the community and, so far, have found no levels of concern."
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is set to visit the site of an oil train derailment and oil spill in the northwestern corner of the state.
Reynolds' office says in a news release that she plans to survey the site Saturday afternoon. The governor is also spending the day touring other areas hit by flooding in recent days.
The derailment of 33 oil tanker cars Friday just south of Doon has caused concern for towns and cities downstream, as far south as Omaha, Nebraska, about 150 miles from the derailment site. Omaha's public water utility -- Metropolitan Utilities District -- is monitoring pumps it uses to pull drinking water from the Missouri River.
The spill reached the Rock River, which joins the Big Sioux River before merging into the Missouri River at Sioux City.
Rock Valley, Iowa, just southwest of the derailment, shut off its water wells within hours of the accident.
Hear from Governor Reynolds following her tour of the derailment and flooded communities tonight on Siouxland News at 10.
Crews are working to clean up a BNSF oil train derailment in Iowa that dumped crude into floodwaters, while officials seek to get a handle on the extent of the spill and its cause.
BNSF spokesman Andy Williams says 33 oil tanker cars derailed Friday just south of Doon, leaking oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River. He said Saturday that the cause of the derailment hasn't been determined. The amount spilled also isn't yet known.
Williams says crews have been skimming oil from floodwaters. They're also building a road parallel to the tracks to try to get to the derailed and partially-submerged oil cars.
The train was carrying tar sands oil from Canada to Oklahoma for ConocoPhillips.
ConocoPhillips spokesman Daren Beaudo says each tanker can hold more than 25,000 gallons.