Industrial Disasters

Two York supervisors fear oil train derailment

Two York supervisors fear oil train derailment

After a train hauling North Dakota crude oil to the transfer station in Yorktown derailed and shot fireballs into the skies of Mount Carbon, W.Va., some York County supervisors want more regulations to protect citizens.

"I was thinking, 'Holy mackerel — what would happen if one of those cars derailed on Route 17 or near the York River?'" Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas Shepperd said late last week.

In recent years, several trains carrying Bakken shale oil, which is more volatile and flammable than other crude oil, have derailed. Last year, three tanker cars fell into the James River in Lynchburg, bursting into flame and dumping oil into the water. More than a...