UPDATED: Fuel Oil Spills Near Bosque del Apache After Train Derails Permalink comment E-mail By Olivier Uyttebrouck Tuesday, 27 July 2010 18:50 Railway spokesman says the spill is being cleaned up and is where it doesn't pose a threat to the wildlife refuge An estimated 19,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled near Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday after a train derailed, damaging two tanker cars, officials said. Workers confined the fuel oil to a dry arroyo about a quarter mile west of the wetland, said John Vradenburg, a U.S. Fish and Game biologist at the refuge. But until debris is cleared, he said, officials will be unable to assess the spill's effect on the refuge, where thousands of cranes, geese and other birds winter each year. The oil "didn't make any contact with the surface water, but we're waiting to assess any surface water or groundwater contamination," Vradenburg said. Biologists have been unable to enter the site while workers clear debris, he said. "We don't know of any (contamination), but we're in the assessment phase." A spokesman for BNSF Railway said a remediation team with heavy equipment is cleaning up the fuel oil. The spill does not threaten wildlife at Bosque del Apache, said Joe Faust, a BNSF spokesman in Fort Worth, Texas. "The remediation continues," Faust said. The spill "is in an area where it poses no threat to any water source or any animals inside the reserve." The northbound train with 95 cars jumped the tracks at about 5:40 a.m., about 65 miles south of Belen, Faust said. The first 19 rail cars went off the tracks, including two locomotives, Faust said. Peter Olson, spokesman for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, said the leak had not been stopped by 5 p.m. because workers needed to clear debris around the overturned tanker cars. Each tanker contained 15,000 gallons, meaning the spill potentially could reach 30,000 gallons, he said. An engineer and a conductor aboard the train were not injured, Faust said. The cause of the mishap remains under investigation. The train, en route from El Paso to Belen, was travelling just under 50 mph at the time, he said, below the 55 mph speed limit. Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:15 a.m. A Burlington-Northern Santa Fe train, traveling to Belen from El Paso, derailed around 6:40 a.m. just outside of Socorro. Authorities said there were no injuries. About 19 cars derailed. There was a fuel-oil car that broke during the derailment and officials are concerned about the leak's proximity to the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. Railroad officials said a cleanup team was en route. Read more: ABQNews: UPDATED: Fuel Oil Spills Near Bosque del Apache After Train Derails Subscribe Now Albuquerque Journal


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