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Pipeline Observer Pipeline Observer | February 22, 2021

Ten explosions in two years, and no end in sight.


Ten explosions in two years, and no end in sight.

This article is part of the series Oil Train Explosions and Derailments

At 7:15 this morning, yet another crude oil train erupted into an inferno, this time near a small town in central North Dakota. As these wildly dangerous trains continue to explode—at least 10 in the last two years—it’s become challenging to keep track of them all. So, for the record, we’ve assembled here a pictorial timeline of North America’s bomb trains.

Last week, the Obama administration adopted new regulations that will phase out many of the most hazardous tank cars over the next five to six years. The regulations also substantially reduce public oversight of train movements and industry behavior.

We will update this post as new explosions occur.

Money, Mississippi: April 30, 2017

Mosier, Oregon: June 3, 2016

Heimdal, North Dakota: May 6, 2015

Gogama, Ontario: March 7, 2015

Galena, Illinois: March 5, 2015


Mount Carbon, West Virginia: February 16, 2015

Timmins, Ontario: February 16, 2015

Lynchburg, Virginia: April 30, 2014

Plaster Rock, New Brunswick: January 8, 2014

Casselton, North Dakota: December 30, 2013

Aliceville, Alabama: November 8, 2013

 Lac-Mégantic, Quebec: July 6, 2013

Train derailment

Lac-Mégantic Derailment by TSBCanada (All rights reserved, used with permission.)

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