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AP Inquiry Reveals Extent Of Rail Oil Shipments Passing Through Virginia

There are new revelations this morning on the number of heavily-laden oil trains passing through Virginia and the rest of the country.The Associated Press has obtained documents that indicate every week in Virginia, approximately 2 to 5 trains carrying one million gallons of oil or more, pass through twenty Virginia counties.

The routing of oil trains has become an issue of rising concern after a string of fiery accidents. Those include derailments in Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, New Brunswick and Quebec, where a runaway oil train crashed last July killing 47 people.

US Crude oil shipments topped a record 110 thousand carloads in the first quarter of this year, the highest volume ever moved by rail. And the Federal Railway Administration has ruled that railroads must reveal potentially dangerous shipments to state officials, local first-responders and the public.