Train carrying oil derails in western Pa. - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

Train carrying oil derails in western Pa.

Posted: Updated:
  • EnergyEnergyMore>>

  • UPDATE: WV leaders applaud possible energy company expansion

    UPDATE: WV leaders applaud possible energy company expansion

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:05 AM EDT2014-09-02 15:05:44 GMT
    House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the announcement of four major energy companies partnering to build a proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is another step toward expanding West Virginia's economy.
    House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said the announcement of four major energy companies partnering to build a proposed natural gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline is another step toward expanding West Virginia's economy.
  • WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    WV Wilderness group fights against gas companies over pipeline in Pocahontas County

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:40:53 GMT
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
    The West Virginia Wilderness group has been fighting three gas companies for months, who want to put a pipeline in Pocahontas County .Lauren Ragland is the founder of West Virginia Wilderness and said the pipeline does not belong in Pocahontas County.
  • Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

    Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:20:59 GMT
    Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
    Dominion Resources, Duke Energy and other partners have proposed building a $5 billion natural gas pipeline to connect the Southeast with the prodigious supplies of natural gas being produced in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
VANDERGRIFT, Pa. (AP) -

A freight train derailment Thursday in western Pennsylvania spilled several thousand gallons of crude oil that authorities say went onto a parking lot and not on the ground or any waterways.

No injuries were reported. Thirty-five people were evacuated from a factory building that was struck by two of the cars, and the building will be assessed for safety, said Dan Stevens, spokesman for the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety.

Department officials said the derailment of 21 cars was reported shortly before 8 a.m. on a Norfolk Southern rail line between Vandergrift and East Vandergrift. The site is about 30 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Stevens said 19 cars carrying heavy crude and two cars containing liquid propane derailed, and about 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of crude spilled from one of the cars. None of the propane escaped, officials said.

The accident is under investigation and there was no immediate word on the cause. But a huge boom in domestic oil and natural gas production has led to sharp increases in rail transportation of those resources.

According to a recent report from the Association of American Railroads, the industry carried about 9,500 carloads of crude oil in 2008, and the final figure for 2013 is expected to be about 400,000 carloads. Each rail tank car holds about 30,000 gallons.

The railroad industry says it has a good safety record, but regulators, environmentalists, and the public have expressed concerns about several high-profile accidents and the rise in rail transport of oil and related products.

Six train cars carrying oil derailed on a Philadelphia bridge last month, though no oil spilled and no one was hurt. The trains derailed over the Schuylkill River, near the University of Pennsylvania, a highway and three hospitals.

Last year, a runaway train hauling North Dakota crude derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, incinerating much of the town and killing 47 people. The rail industry later adopted voluntary speed restrictions for trains hauling hazardous liquids. They include plans to analyze the risks in major metropolitan areas, which could lead to route changes.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.