Report shows Bakken crude oil shipments across western Missouri

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Up to 10 trains carrying Bakken crude oil pass through the Kansas City area, according to a new report. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

As many as 10 trains carrying a type of crude oil that has ignited in multiple derailments are passing through Kansas City and three counties in the metropolitan area, according to reports released by the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.

A 100-car unit train carries about 70,000 barrels, or about 3 million gallons of Bakken crude, which is extracted through hydraulic fracturing of shale rock formations in North Dakota.

The railroad industry is paying to train firefighters from across the country to fight crude oil train fires, such as the one that killed 47 people last year following a derailment in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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