HOT BLAST: Rail-related oil spills increased dramatically last year
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A tanker train carrying crude oil burns after derailing in western Alabama outside Aliceville, Ala., on Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/ ABC 33/40, Bill Castle)
A tanker train carrying crude oil burns after derailing in western Alabama outside Aliceville, Ala., on Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/ ABC 33/40, Bill Castle)
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McClatchy provided an eye-opener last week:

More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents last year than was spilled in the nearly four decades since the federal government began collecting data on such spills, an analysis of the data shows.

Including major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, more than 1.15 million gallons of crude oil was spilled from rail cars in 2013, according to data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

By comparison, from 1975 to 2012, U.S. railroads spilled a combined 800,000 gallons of crude oil. The spike underscores new concerns about the safety of such shipments as rail has become the preferred mode for oil producers amid a North American energy boom.

Here's more on the Alabama spill near Aliceville, where almost 750,000 gallons were spilled last November.

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