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Massive Fireball From North Dakota Oil Train Derailment Caught On Tape

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*NO INJURIES REPORTED FROM BNSF TRAIN FIRE IN NORTH DAKOTA

Wind is taking toxic smoke towards areas southeast of Casselton, ND, after train derailment. Residents urged to stay indoors

A train has derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota just before 2:20 p.m. Monday. As Valley News Live reports, several area emergency teams are on scene and are setting up an incident command center. Emergency crews are urging people to stay inside and a code red alert has been sent out to residents in a two mile radius of the accident. The Casselton Fire Department says a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train is involved. An unknown number of cars derailed, but Valley News Live reports is told one bulk oil car is on fire and toxic black smoke is being released.

 

 

The explosion:

Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

 

Local media is reporting a second train hit the already derailed cars...

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Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:44 | 4286509 RacerX
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Looks like good news for those trapped Global Warming scientists.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:03 | 4286533 Millivanilli
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I live and work in this area(williston- have more than a few thoughts on the shale oil boom).   Should be interesting.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:06 | 4286562 RacerX
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Well it appears there really is some kind of oil "boom" there.

Joking aside, let's hope nobody was injured/killed.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:21 | 4286608 mophead
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Just another Agenda 21 orchestrated catastrophe. Gotta demonize efficiency and productivity. As always, expect to see energy prices go up.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:44 | 4286661 gmrpeabody
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Looks like something else may be going up....

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:30 | 4286794 TeamDepends
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Cameras everywhere?  Note to self:  Never do anything which may be construed as garish, brutish, in poor taste, misogynistic, gay, anti-establishment, priggish, twerkish, naughty, spontaneous, obscene, oafish, nutty, patriotic, boorish, threatening, or kooky outside of the bathroom as it will certainly be recorded for posterity.  Even then, be careful.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:17 | 4286915 Raynja
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leave the cell phone outside of the bathrrom and shut the door.  you should be ok, unless you have an 'admirer' (who, obviously,  doesn't work for the nsa) running a website with you as the star.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:43 | 4286665 Clint Liquor
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Obama withholding approval of the XL pipeline due to environmental concerns. Right! Real reason: Profits for Red Team (Buffet) no profits for Blue Team (Koch Bros.).

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 01:40 | 4287591 dunce
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There are easily available safety statistics to inform any decision about transporting by rail or pipeline, but they are never presented. Only anecdotle reports of pipeline rutures. A comparison of ton miles per accident would show pipelines have smaller amounts of spills and fewer fatalities. Facts, we don't need no stinkin facts.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:45 | 4286929 aVileRat
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Brain melting.

Nobody was killed. The crude carriers are designed to contain their load in the event of derailment however the tanker cars were designed for dilbit (dliuent added bitumenous oil) and the lighter Bakken "sweet" crude oil has gas condensates in the fluid. When placed under pressure these liquids tend to have a lower flash point, which causes them to erupt vs. standard crude carried for the last 20 years via rail. Kerosene condensates and end-tail radicals are often the causes of light chemical flashes.

Anyways, back on topic:

- Train was going too fast for the conditions. Lines were not ice checked.

- Lacked a buffer between the cars, so that when the train derailed and snapped the cars went sideways. Led to tanker car collisions and the stack ignited.

Does this happen all the time ? Nope. Only when switch and driver are too lazy because their oversight gives zero shits before Xmas bonus. Does this happen more than a pipeline fracture in the casing ? Totally yes. Will NYC or L.A. drivers give a fuck ? Nope. There is not going to even be a blip in the crude price going into Feb. 2014. by this line disruption.

Net effect ? Nothing. With an election year, and the DNC being about a hundred million in debt, Obama will do jack shit to monitor US rail shipping regulations. His focus will be on the soaring obamacare enrollment, squelching the NSA scandal and trying to pump King Coal to get the 'vote' out for his at risk jurisdictions.

For all the shit Hunter Harrison got following Lac Magantiq, there is an excellent pulitzer prize waiting for whoever wants to do an investigative report on how BNSF snuck below the radar for the 3 years. Every year crude export permits were approved with zero protest while Keystone bore the full brunt of 'shale oil' "outrage".

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 21:28 | 4287082 Nick Jihad
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+100

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:26 | 4287334 A Nanny Moose
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"Don't know. Got to do with where choo choo go."

..of some old phart named Warren?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:08 | 4286571 Millivanilli
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If you think crude oil makes that boom, you need to take remedial chemistry class.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:15 | 4286591 ZerOhead
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Probably just the hot pressurised gases blowing another tanker apart and igniting upon release

But yes... this isn't your grand-daddies oil anymore.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:20 | 4286594 kill switch
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Another fucking example of our sound rail beds,,,this place is going to shit!!!!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:24 | 4286612 TeamDepends
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So a second train barrels into the already derailed train?  Lemme guess, the conductor was on his cell....

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:24 | 4286624 negative rates
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No, but since no one was hurt it's all good.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:42 | 4286656 Mike2756
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Grain train derailed into the oil tanker train.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:28 | 4287340 A Nanny Moose
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Grain fires. Good times.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:49 | 4286670 Uber Vandal
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Railroads are beginning to use remote control locomotives, at least in yard switching operations, and have begun to look into using them on road freight service.

Also, many railroads have cut the crew size down to next to nothing, run the crews rather ragged, and run longer, heavier trains which take longer time and DISTANCE to stop.

If your train is a mile long, you have a problem, the next train is a mile behind you, takes a mile for that train to stop, you don't have much room for error now, do you?

But hey, a burning tank car or two makes MUCH better copy than tens of thousands of gallons of oil that leaked into the ground from a pipeline accident.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:31 | 4287347 Oath_Keeper
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DM&E isn't using that tech, think Lionel for remotes.. The UNION has driven the crews to skeletons, check your facts as to the WHY.

 

And, we don't get mile-long trains backed by another, lest we get an ass-pounding. You are calling us stupid?

 

If it were hundreds of thousands, I wouldn't care less so long as nobody died. I can really use some global warming bullshit to heat us up here in north dakota.

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 02:36 | 4287641 dark pools of soros
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make the fat CEOs run the trains if you think the Unions are the problem..  why don't you check the wage ratios the last 40 years and say how shit is better this way?

 

In fact just outsource all management for a change to really cut costs

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 03:53 | 4287682 Uber Vandal
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BNSF and CP is using that technology, and the DM&E was bought out by the CP.

http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/columns/article.php/3319211

https://www.ble-t.org/pr/news/headline.asp?id=4648

Once one's ground water has a nice oily flavoring to it, one may be a bit more concerned.

Then again, perhaps not.

BTW, how is that DM&E Powder River Coal basin route coming along?

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:22 | 4286605 Millivanilli
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Hot pressurized gasses?   From oil?  Under shipping standards?  No way. 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:27 | 4286620 ZerOhead
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You gotsta heat it up to crack it up... (thermal cracking)

It looked just like the time when I backed up my Pinto with a propane cylinder in the back into a fire hydrant...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracking_%28chemistry%29

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:32 | 4286634 Millivanilli
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 The rate of cracking and the end products are strongly dependent on the temperature and presence of catalysts

 

TEMPS ARE BELOW ZERO COUGH...

CATALYSTS.   COUGH...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:34 | 4286638 ZerOhead
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The flames are slightly above however...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:33 | 4286642 Millivanilli
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Thermal cracking was the first category of hydrocarbon cracking to be developed. Thermal cracking is an example of a reaction whose energetics are dominated by entropy (?S°) rather than by enthalpy (?H°) in the Gibbs Free Energy equation ?G°=?H°-T?S°. Although the bond dissociation energy D for a carbon-carbon single bond is relatively high (about 375 kJ/mol) and cracking is highly endothermic, the large positive entropy change resulting from the fragmentation of one large molecule into several smaller pieces, together with the extremely high temperature, makes T?S° term larger than the ?H° term, thereby favoring the cracking reaction.

 

EXTREMELY HIGH TEMPS. COUGH..

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:41 | 4286648 ZerOhead
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This isn't the first time that Bakken oil has caused explosions...

"Some shale oil has been found to contain hydrogen sulphide vapour — a flammable, corrosive, and highly explosive compound. Bakken crude is known to hold considerable amounts of flammable hydrogen sulphide gas."

http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/08/02/why-was-lac-megantic-crude-oil-s...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:48 | 4286669 Millivanilli
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Catalysts.  cough...

 

From your article.

He was later asked if the contents of the ill-fated Lac-Megantic tankers might have contained a liquid stronger than jet fuel.

“We’re not prepared to say anything at this point. What we want to say is we’re checking that for everybody,” he said. “We’ve taken samples of the product, we’ve sent it away for analysis, we’re going to wait for the results of those analyses to understand exactly what the properties were….

“I think for most people that arrived on the site, they were quite surprised at the extent of the fire and the subsequent explosions that occurred.”

 

I call bullshit.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:52 | 4286696 Seize Mars
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MilliVanilli

Dude, are you a "I must have the last word" guy or what?

What is it with oil drilling workers? You have any internet article related to hydrocarbons and you are bound to get some "I must have the last word" genius expert who tells everyone else they are stupid and so on.

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:16 | 4286754 Millivanilli
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No.  

 

But I do have Phd in  Physical Chemistry.  But no, I'm a dumbass.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:25 | 4286789 Seize Mars
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Millivanilli

Relax. Nobody said you're a dumbass.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:15 | 4286925 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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You have being a "dick" confused with being dumb. I can assure you that you are a "dick".

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 22:04 | 4287164 Millivanilli
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Thanks.  I think freedom depends on people being dicks.   You know,  standing up for shit is real dicky.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:06 | 4286731 ZerOhead
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"Chemical engineer Gregory Patience, who studies explosions in petroleum and fossil fuels, looked up a safety data sheet published by Cenovus on its Bakken product.

The oil’s flammability classification is the highest there is, level 4 — the same as methane gas and propane, which are also frequently moved by pipeline.

In the case of a spill, the Bakken oil could ignite, with a spark, at 20C. To ignite in the absence of a spark would require temperatures of 250C, Patience said."

No foul play here... it's just the Bakken oil and it's here to stay until it's gone in a couple of years...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:24 | 4286779 Millivanilli
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You are a fucktard.  Sorry.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:57 | 4286859 Spanky
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Are you arguing that catalysts were added to the oil tankers during loading to facilitate refining? Or...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:02 | 4286882 Millivanilli
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Something is very fishy.  THat is what I am saying.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:41 | 4287146 Blame Crash
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They're closing in on you.

http://youtu.be/7YvAYIJSSZY

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 21:17 | 4286923 i-dog
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I'm just a lowly chemical engineer (therefore not in the same league as some of the rocket scientists commenting here), so take this with a grain of salt ... but I think that sparks and heat from derailed steel wheels sliding on steel track might cause quite considerable heat ... waiting for spilled oil to hit them. Just sayin'.

A possible cause of the derailment could easily have been a failed and red-hot bearing (at 1,800ºF). Enough of a "catalyst"?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:26 | 4286627 Freddie
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Warren Buffet's death trains.

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 00:11 | 4287437 Abitdodgie
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Millivanilli ,williston is no where near Casselton its about 300 miles away , I went near there today (Aruther 10 miles away) did not see shit but there again this is North Dakota things are always on fire , oil trains rolling back and forth across the boarder for the subs from uncle sugar, I did see a few dead dear .

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 00:16 | 4287445 Abitdodgie
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The white steam in the forground is the beet factory.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:07 | 4286565 Sudden Debt
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it's actually the reason they'll use why oil will go up 1$ per gallon

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:43 | 4286663 Mike2756
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Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:19 | 4286593 jerry_theking_lawler
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Because pipelines are SO dangerous......

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:17 | 4286927 oddjob
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.....but ceding public lands to private corporations is.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 23:36 | 4287356 A Nanny Moose
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That is the primary purpose of "public lands." Government has no business in real estate, other than to subsidize corporations.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:12 | 4286749 Canadian Dirtlump
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boy just think if they put a pipeline in using accepted practice, with the usual safety measures (esvs) and operators to properly maintain and inspect it you might just limit things like this. But then Warren Buffet would be hysterical at loss of profit, and the enviros would be hysterical at the environmental (lol) impact.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:48 | 4286515 TeamDepends
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Isn't North Dakota the only state left with its' own central bank?  Man, those Fedcoms never sleep.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:48 | 4286517 Winston Churchill
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Looks more toxic than the bubbles in Uncle Warren's bath.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:53 | 4286535 Emergency Ward
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warren, warren, Warren.....WARREN!

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 22:17 | 4290135 Ms No
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Interesting coincidence... this was the headline underneath the explosion all day on every local news source:  http://www.minotdailynews.com/page/content.detail/id/590878/Public-hearings-set-for-proposed-ND-pipeline.html?nav=5583

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:48 | 4286518 Martel
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Who is John Galt?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:49 | 4286520 Zombie Investor
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Global warming research ship stuck in Antarctic ice = proof of global warming.

Oil train derailment = proof that Keystone pipeline shouldn't be built.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:50 | 4286522 TwoJacks
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did anyone on that local news channel say anything like, "it's okay if our infrastructure fails in one, two or ten spots this year. keep spending on yourselves while Rome burns."

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:01 | 4286557 ShrNfr
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Last thing I knew, WEB made a fair number of bucks of that infrastructure. Maybe he should pay for it.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:06 | 4286572 Mentaliusanything
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I wonder if Uncle Warren will send an invoice for the "Free Heating Oil" provided, then claim a tax deduction for the donation to the poor.?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:20 | 4286944 booboo
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No, but he was on the phone calling the insurer AIG to "pay up bitch" hired some boys from XE to set the charge and shorted the stock the night before. So easy even a Caveman could do it.

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 22:22 | 4290139 Ms No
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Close.... mostly distractionary.  Headlines like: train derailment empasizes fire training importance....  not even kidding.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:52 | 4286523 frankTHE COIN
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There has been to many of these Oil train derailments to be coincidence.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:24 | 4286595 ZerOhead
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This just REEKS of the handiwork of those bastards in the pipeline industry.

I await Warren's response next week which will probably be evidenced in yet another pipeline rupture...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:53 | 4286524 negative rates
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Give a man enough roap, and he will hang himself.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:03 | 4286560 ShrNfr
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And if you give him some soap, he might wash himeself. And if you give him some soap on a rope, he might hang it around his erection while he washes himself.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:22 | 4286613 negative rates
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I bow wow too thee humor like the dog you and your erections is.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:13 | 4286917 11b40
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Well, if it's my soap and my erection, I will wash it as fast as I want to.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:26 | 4286947 booboo
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"MOM!! It's my wiener and I'll wash it as hard and as fast as I want"

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:52 | 4286532 Black Forest
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Happy New Year.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:55 | 4286541 Cornholiovanderbilt
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Cue the pipeline leak/explosion in 5.4.3.2.1

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 17:55 | 4286542 RockRiver
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Good for demand....

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:00 | 4286543 Dr. Engali
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These trains are part of Buffet railways. I demand an investigation into how the old crony profits from this mess.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:08 | 4286575 CrashisOptimistic
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This should smack production for Dec pretty smartly.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:12 | 4286583 A Lunatic
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Meh............

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:15 | 4286585 Yenbot
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aliens

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:15 | 4286590 Tinky
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BNSF? Looking forward to the critical reporting on the PBS Newshour, of which they are a major sponsor.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:53 | 4287010 Tinky
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Update: Not a peep on tonight's show. Didn't even warrant a mention during their brief summary of today's news.

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:18 | 4286600 Skid
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Atlas Shrugged. 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:26 | 4286622 squexx
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Atlas-stein Shrugged!

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:18 | 4286601 Skid
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Atlas Shrugged. 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:19 | 4286602 lakecity55
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Sabotage.

Just like those forest fires out west.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:21 | 4286609 Millivanilli
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Maybe the saudis are trying to make a point.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:42 | 4286831 tony wilson
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sabo tar gee

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:24 | 4286610 djsmps
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Warren is not smiling.

 

Unless he's investing in pipelines.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:21 | 4286611 saltedGold
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Whoever shot that video failed rule #1 of internet videography, which states:  "At the precise moment something interesting, amazing or exciting happens, immediately point the camera to the ground to ensure the moment will never be captured.  Be sure to post the video showing your feet on Youtube with a juicy title to ensure maximum viewer disappointment."

Also, I hope to hell my package wasn't on that train.  I had a late delivery last year due to a train derailment in Montana.  That was about the last message I expected to see when I tracked my package.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:22 | 4286614 Cornholiovanderbilt
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If you like the Buffet Tax you can Keep the Buffet Tax

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:23 | 4286618 squexx
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Were there any dancing Jews?!?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:25 | 4286625 Son of Captain Nemo
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Wow!

What a day for "explosions" to round out this wonderful year and to portend what is coming our way in 2014.

If I had to pick the worst of them it's the loss of human life we've witnessed in the last two days in Volgograd Russia.  Hopefully no one on this train derailment lost their lives, but if I had to guess there are some oil people mighty upset with this little "casualty" on their books and I'd wager it means more to them than any human life could ever amount if anyone was killed in it.  Looks like the New Year's celebration for the oil company that lost on it will be somewhat muted now.

After all. 

If you want to cut someone the worst that has lived all of their lives in the West or been indoctrinated in it's values you make them moan the worst when you hit the purse strings.

Not that any "marque" or edict like it has been issued just yet by the Russian government... But you never know.

This may be just one small little sample tasting at the "kinetic" buffet that is to come!

 

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 02:37 | 4287644 dark pools of soros
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would be a great new years if Russia nuked the Saudis

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:28 | 4286633 mynameisnobody
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Toxic black smoke, I say they should make a law where black smoke is non toxic.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:42 | 4286640 Black Forest
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UPDATE: Reports of a second train hitting the already-derailed train.

Aren't there any brakes in your trains anymore? Do instruct the Chinese how to attach brakes by 2016 at the very latest.

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:49 | 4286686 muleskinner
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A train moves along and sometimes after the train has traveled over a section of rail, a length of it can snap and break.

If you are doing proper inspection, you can stop the train. Probably was too late.

It does happen, especially on cold winter days like it is up there in Casselton, ND. The rail shrinks and can break if it bends too much when the weight of the cars push the rail into the ties.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 18:53 | 4286691 Kina
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In this day and age how the heck can one train hit another. The manage to keep planes from hitting each other over airports.

 

Put proximity sensors in trains so they freakin know if one has stopped moving and is nearby.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:05 | 4286736 Stanley Lord
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Right now Becky Quick is mopping up Uncle Warren's Fruit of the Looms.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:06 | 4286739 SilverFish
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"Drivin' that train....high on cocaine."

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:09 | 4286747 Big Brother
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I am originally from that area (red river valley).  It's been record cold there: http://www.weather.com/weather/yesterday/Casselton+ND+USND0060:1:US.  I am inclined to believe that the track failed to due to fatigue stress and impact resistance changes in the track due to the extreme cold. 

  • Consider of the amount of use that track has seen.
  • Consider the weight of the cars loaded on the track.
  • Consider the contents of the cars.

At least no one died.

I'm convinced the safest, most efficient way to transport crude oil would be through oil-pipe lines. 

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 22:31 | 4290152 Ms No
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It was negative but....... record cold.... mmmmmmm no.  For example record negative with windchill in Minot -102.  Not even close.  Not even negative 30 or 40 airtemp today.  Probably -5 ish.... nothing for ND.  And since invariably some douche will dispute this: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_coldest_wind_chill_ever_recorded_in_North_Dakota

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:10 | 4286752 pcrs
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Atlas shrugged in real life continues

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:20 | 4286775 GMadScientist
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Randites, please continue to inhale deeply from the fumes coming off your futile understanding of both economics and physics.

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:29 | 4286793 22winmag
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Seems that Obamacare isn't the only trainwreck this year...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:34 | 4286814 nmewn
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I have every confidence they can fuck it up even worse.

I mean look, we've had our first retard Vice-President, our first "black" President, so next time around we'll have Hillary!...our first hermaphrodite President.

The sky's the limit! ;-)

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:32 | 4286803 Spanky
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Wonder if Uncle Warren's trains are insured by Geico...

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:52 | 4286848 tony wilson
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larry silverstein  said..

hey warren it has been such a tragic day such a massive loss of tar sand through evaporation.

we made the decision to bang  pull it and blame the arabs and the chechens so we could put in are monthly claim.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 19:43 | 4286828 tony wilson
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bandar bush

the king of saudi in another coma maybe

the bush firm

the koch bros

soros

rothschild

fracking psychotic corporation

rupert mucky murdoch and fox

cia psy war fare dept

fema death drill corp

fbi for kicks

canuck native american terror ists revenge for theft of the sacred tar sand sweeter than libyan missing gold

not.

 

like an agatha christie play so many crooks so much gilt.

 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:14 | 4286922 swanpoint
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Bad for Buffet and the railroad lobby and their block of the Keystone.

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 20:54 | 4287019 falconflight
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It's ok, Benito Obamalini has Buffet's backside. 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 21:26 | 4287077 krispkritter
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When did Halliburton start working on trains?  Oh, and since they bought Boots and Coots just before the 'Gulf of Macondo' incident, they haven't put out so much as a matchstick that I've heard of. 

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 22:55 | 4287266 angryBuddhist
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They will keep derailing oil tanker trains until the Canadian oil pipeline that nobody wants is approved and under construction. Then the derailments will magically come to a halt, until the next unwanted pipeline comes up for consideration. Then the cycle will begin anew . . .

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 02:02 | 4287615 Negative1
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Are the Chechens responsible?

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 04:39 | 4287703 Disenchanted
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Obviously this was the work of Muslims... /s

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