12,000 gallons oil spilled

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  1. Gina B

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    Seems it is being dismissed as no big deal. Looked across the news to see other reports (which are few and far between) and can't find anything except that it is really nothing, pretty minimal, and there's really not anything that will be done. One report indicates it was "as if it was spray painted" and that's why it is impossible to do anything. Another says it is all between the tracks, so nothing needs to be done.
    Gotta wonder what the real deal is, that's for sure.

    http://www.winonadailynews.com/news...cle_850d10d2-a702-5fc8-b97e-f822d0c5c30b.html
     
  2. InTheLight

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    Nothing mysterious. If some oil gets drizzled onto a 12" thick layer of crushed stone (the tracks bedrock) between the rails, exactly what is the danger? Where is the oil going to go? Are people going to play inside the rails, pick up the stones and lick them?

    I thought it ironic that this part of Minnesota is an area where the sand is mined for sand fracking. Here comes a train carrying oil and it dumps oil in the community.
     
  3. Gina B

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    Yeah, they should have just hooked up to the leaking tanker and saved the trouble! However, don't get me started on fracking...LOL

    The problem is that it is crude oil. That's not nice stuff to have spilled, which is why they have to report even as little an amount as five gallons...or is it if it's over five? It's one of those two, you'll have to look it up if you're interested.

    One wouldn't have to touch it for there to be side effects. First, there is the risk of fire.
    Those toxins will be absorbed into the ground and into the air. It will diminish air quality. What about anyone in the area growing a garden, or farmers growing crops? What about farm animals eating out in pastures, then the meat that ends up in the market?

    These things do have effects.

    There are plenty of chemicals in that stuff, just sitting there, whether anyone physically touches it or not. Think of it another way. What if there were a bunch of smokers standing there smoking 12,000 pounds of cigarettes until they were all gone? Day and night, they are standing there and that smoke is being absorbed into the air. Constantly, until the cigarettes are all gone.
    It's like that, only worse because nobody really sees it. The oil is just sitting there and those hazardous chemicals are silently being absorbed into the ground and into the atmosphere in the area, so people don't really think about it.

    Here is a list of the chemicals found in crude oil: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/gulfoilspill2010/pdf/chemical_constituents_table.pdf

    There is information set up by the government for doctors to help them deal with patients who are exposed to crude oil. It is pretty interesting information and much more in depth than the general information you'll find online for "regular" people who are worried about crude oil exposure.
     
  4. thisnumbersdisconnected

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    Yes, ITL, please don't. She spews enough irrational nonsense without anyone encouraging her to spew more.
     
  5. Gina B

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    TND, how many people did the government send to you for counseling today?

    Were you able to help them?
     
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    Five.
    Far more than I have managed to help regain sanity.
     

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