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Twin Cities hospitals are front line in treating Bakken oil field burn victims

Bakken burn victimFlames seared the pants off Kyle’s legs as he raced across a bed of ruddy red rocks, screaming for help.

A pipe on a machine processing oil at high heat had burst, soaking him in methanol and sparking a fire.  “You could just feel it cooking my legs,” he said. “It almost sounded like chicken frying in an oiler.”

Hours later, Kyle woke up at Regions Hospital in St. Paul last month, after a 600-mile plane ride from the oil fields of North Dakota. His legs were burned so deeply that the bottom layer of skin would never grow back. It was the worst pain he’d ever felt.


CSX oil-train blaze to burn out on its own

oilt train fireFires in and around the scene of a oil-train derailment in West Virginia will be allowed to burn out on their own, rail company CSX said.

CSX said it was working with federal, state and local agencies to determine the exact number of cars that derailed in Mount Carbon, W. Va., early Monday afternoon. The train in question consisted of 109 rail cars with oil from North Dakota among some of the cargo.


Oil Train Derails In Canada, Spills Unknown Amount Of Crude Oil

Oil train derails in OntarioA train carrying crude oil derailed in northern Ontario, Canada late Saturday night, spilling oil and causing a fire.

Twenty-nine of the 100 cars on the train went off the track near Timmins, Ontario, and seven of those cars were still on fire as of Sunday afternoon. The derailment prompted Canadian National Railway Co. to close its main rail line, a decision that could end up causing a delay in oil shipments in eastern Canada. That delay would add to the disruption Canada’s rail industry is currently experiencing due to the weekend strike of 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway workers, who are at odds with their company over wages and benefits.


West Virginia oil train derailment sparks massive fire

W Va train derailmentA train carrying crude oil has careened off the rails in West Virginia and burst into flame, according to media reports.

At least one house has caught fire on Monday and a car from the CSX train tipped into the Kanawha River near Mt. Carbon, southeast of Charleston, WCHSTV reported.

Early photos from the scene show spouts of fire and black smoke rising above the rural town.


Study: Oklahoma's daily small quakes raise risk of big ones

Oklahoma earthquakesSmall earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates.

This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, which had major quakes in the past two centuries.


‘Megadrought’ Coming to U.S.

madrought coming to USThe long and severe drought in the U.S. Southwest pales in comparison with what’s coming: a “megadrought” that will grip that region and the central Plains later this century and probably stay there for decades, a new study says.

Thirty-five years from now, if the current pace of climate change continues unabated, those areas of the country will experience a weather shift that will linger for as long as three decades, according to the study, released Thursday.


Petrobras offshore rig explosion kills three

Potrobras oil rig explosionAn explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform operated by Brazil's Petrobras has killed at least three workers. State-run Petrobras said 74 workers were on board the rig at the time and six of them remain missing.

Brazil's oil industry regulator, ANP, says that a fire caused by the blast has been contained and the platform has been stabilised.


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