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This specialist course can only be delivered by the approved provider, the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) in Canberra

The Card recognizes that the holder has received formal training in dealing with bulk tanker emergencies

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May 2012

HAZMAT 2012 CONFERENCE. (Melbourne)

9th & 10th May 2012

Location: -Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre

Cnr. Bell Street & St Georges Road

PRESTON VICTORIA

A two day conference on the latest directions and compliance requirements for chemical management, hazardous substances and dangerous goods to help achieve sustainable outcomes

HazMat 2012 is the key hazardous materials, chemical management and dangerous goods conference and exhibition in Australia. This year will see a focus on protecting the community and how the industry is addressing environmental and public concerns of safety.

Held over two days, presentations by leading industry experts and international keynote speakers will cover current and future issues...

Download the Registration & Program Brochure for the full program, pricing and more information. You can also download the Speaker Profiles directory for more information about the presenters

TRAINING COURSES

The CROIERG/NBTA Training Courses and a schedule of applicable dates are listed below: -

CROIERG / NBTA TRAINING COURSE DATES (2012)

Stage 1 - MANAGERS

Stage 2 - RESPONDERS

21-23rd May 2012 FULLY BOOKED

14-16th May 2012

1-3rd August 2012

17-19th September

3-5th October 2012

STAGE 2 TRAINING COURSE HELD 17TH-19TH APRIL AT TISC TRAINING COMPLEX IN CANBERRA

A fully booked 3-Day Stage 2 (Practical) Training Course was held from 16th to 19th of April at the Transport Industries Skills Centre training complex in Canberra

Very pleasing to hear the positive comments in regard to the TISC Training Complex and of course the course itself

TISC Training Manager Paul Harrison said he was very impressed with the keenness shown by the participants who came from a variety of organisations and a wide geographic area

Consulting with the FRNSW Incident Controller
Consulting with the FRNSW Incident Controller
Further discussion with the Incident Controller
Further discussion with the Incident Controller
Training in hole cutting
Training in hole cutting
At the receiving tanker
At the receiving tanker

Brian Withers of Ron Finemore Transport was in attendance and provided industry technical expertise

Brian Withers makes a point
Brian Withers makes a point

Brian Withers has recently undergone knee replacement surgery and we wish Brian (a very staunch CROIERG supporter) a speedy recovery so we can share his very practical industry knowledge

Gary Davoren of TEC Consultants also provided industry technical advice and was called away in the midst of the first practical emergency exercise session to attend a tanker incident on the Hume Highway on behalf of major responders TransPacific Industries.

We are indeed fortunate to have people of the calibre of Brian Withers and Gary Davoren available for the practical aspects of our training courses. Not forgetting of course our CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver of Ron Finemore Transport who also makes himself readily available for the training course practical sessions.

Gary Davoren and class
Gary Davoren and class

TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS

ALL TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS SHOULD BE MADE TO:-

Trish Mooney. Business Administration Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC)

Sutton Road, Canberra ACT

Mail: TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Phone: (02) 6297 7187

Email: TrishMooney@SRDTC.com

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

  1. Stage1 (Managers)- Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response

  2. Stage 2 (Responders) Course in Transport Emergency Recovery Operations

For detailed information on the two programs go the links below

Emergency Response Program Information [pdf]

Emergency response course enrolment form [pdf]

Accommodation form [pdf]

TRUCKIE'S TREE TERROR (Queensland)

Tree falls on tanker

April 12, 2012 Blackwater Queensland

Trucker Layne Perkins fought to keep control of his fuel tanker at speeds of 100kph when it was hit by a falling gum tree on a bridge.

The veteran driver needed all his 30-years’ experience as the trunk of the gum tree smashed through the truck's windscreen, showering him with shards of glass. Layne, who lives at Mt Chalmers, took the day off yesterday to recover from the shock of the million to one accident he believes could have cost him his life.

"One minute I was listening to the radio, the next I was covered in glass and in total shock," said Layne, who was on his way home after delivering fuel to mines near Blackwater when the drama unfolded.

He said by the time he had realised what had happened he had instinctively slammed on the brakes, locking up all the wheels of the tanker, which mercifully pulled-up in a straight line.

"I was very lucky there wasn't another vehicle coming the other way and that I was wearing my driving glasses. “I hate to think what might have happened if the flying glass had gone in my eyes."

The tree fell as Layne drove over a bridge over the Dawson River about 12km east of Duaringa at about 10pm on Tuesday.

The highway was closed as the tree was hauled from the road and the damaged truck was recovered. An ambulance crew treated the cuts to Layne's face before he was driven home by car. "It was at least 2am before I got home and I was still shook up by what happened," said Layne.

"The truck sustained thousands of dollars’ worth of damage. If the tree had fallen on a car it would have crushed it. It would have been a major mishap. The metal rails on the bridge were buckled by the impact."

And to prove lightning can strike twice, it was the second time in a few weeks that a falling tree has slammed into a truck near Duaringa.

Source: www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/

TANKER ROLLOVERS With a difference? (North Carolina)

March 39, 2012 Stecoah, Graham County, North Carolina USA

When researching news sources for articles for the CROIERG Web News we obviously go for items like “tanker rollover” “rollovers and a lot more

A lot of results come up with fire tanker rollovers, which in Aussie lingo is, of course, fire engine rollovers. Which thankfully we do not have many of?

See story below and look who was first on the scene!

Fire engine rollover
Fire engine rollover

There was a” tanker rollover” yesterday in Graham County.

The apparatus from Stecoah Fire Department overturned on Highway 28 near Fontana. The driver received minor injuries. Notes the story, one of the first people on scene was a retired fire chief from Florida who was hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Source: http://www.legeros.com

ELDERLY WOMAN CUT FROM CAR (New Zealand)

March 31, 2012 Whakatane New Zealand

Car in New Zealand incident

An 82-year-old woman is in Tauranga Hospital after her car collided with a fully-laden fuel tanker. The crash occurred south of Te Puke, on State Highway 33 near the Whakatane turn-off to State Highway 2 about 5.30pm yesterday.

The woman had just dropped off hitchhikers. As she pulled back into the traffic, her car and the tanker collided. Both vehicles were on the same side of the road, travelling south. The woman's car spun and was thrown off the side of the road into a ditch beside the highway.

Maketu chief fire officer Shane Beech said the woman needed to be cut from her car by the fire crew. "The car had been shunted from the road. [The] elderly lady trapped inside, she was trapped around the leg. We had to use the Jaws of Life to extract her. It probably took us about 20 minutes to free her," he said.

Mount Maunganui and Te Puke St John ambulance crews attended the crash and the woman was transported to Tauranga Hospital by the Mount Maunganui truck.

She suffered a lower leg fracture, a possible chest injury and had neck, shoulder and abdominal pain. Her condition was described as moderate.

Acting Sergeant Andrew Crockett said the collision had been significant. "Certainly, from the damage to the front corner of the truck, it wasn't a glancing blow.

"The truck has collided with the right-hand side of [the woman's] vehicle - they were travelling in the same direction ... I think he's hit it [the car] in the side, sort of in the middle of the car," he said. The driver of the truck was shaken up, but not hurt in the collision.

Source.: - http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news

KEROSENE TANKER ROLLS OVER, BLOCKS ROAD (New York State)

April 3, 2012 Conklin, NY USA)

Kerosene tanker rollover
Kerosene tanker rollover

A tanker carrying kerosene rolls over in Conklin on Tuesday morning, sending the driver to the hospital.

State Police say it was "driver inattention" that caused this Warner Gas Service truck to rollover on Hardie Road on Tuesday morning. He was taken to the hospital with head and neck injuries.

The tanker was headed south when it left the roadway, and got its tires stuck in a ditch before overturning. The Conklin Fire Department and Broome County Hazmat responded to the scene. Source: - http://www.wbng.com/news/local/

134 FREEWAY TO RE-OPEN AFTER GAS-TANKER ACCIDENT (California)

April 7, 2012 Glendale, California USA

Tanker fire in California
Tanker fire in California

Westbound lanes of the 134 Freeway are expected to open around 6 p.m. tonight after an accident in which a drunk driver struck a tanker truck shut the area down at around 11 p.m. last night.

The California Highway Patrol said the crash was caused by an allegedly drunken driver‚ Hakop Maghakyan, 25, of Glendale, according to the LA Times. Maghakyan is suspected of rear-ending the second trailer of a tandem tanker.

The rear trailer struck a guardrail, overturned and erupted into flames under the transition road bridge.

Maghakyan was booked for suspicion of drunken driving by the Glendale Police Department.

After the crash, the 134 Freeway was completely closed near the scene of the accident, which occurred on the westbound side at the intersection with the 5 Freeway.

Both drivers ran to the nearby Zoo Drive off-ramp and were not injured, firefighters said.

Eastbound lanes were reopened at about 7 a.m. All traffic was being diverted to northbound Interstate 5, reported City News Service.

The tandem tanker-truck was carrying 8,600 gallons of gasoline. Most of that burned following the accident. Cleanup crews offloaded the roughly 3,000 gallons of gasoline left in one of the two tankers.

Source: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/news/2012/

CRASH SPILLS 30,000 GALLONS OF FUEL (Minnesota)

April 2, 2012 Plummer, Minnesota USA

State officials are trying to determine the environmental threat posed by 30,000 gallons) of petroleum product spilled into a ditch Saturday near Plummer, Minn., the result of a rail accident.

A semi-trailer struck a Canadian Pacific Railway train where it crosses U.S. Highway 59 south of town, killing the driver and releasing the petroleum product.

Dan Olson, spokesman for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in Detroit Lakes, said the liquid spilled into a ditch along the highway, spreading about a quarter of a mile. Pollution Control inspectors tested the liquid Monday to determine the contaminants it contained and in what amount. “We’re getting a handle on what the product contains,” Olson said.

The substance could be a pyrolysis gasoline, a product with a high benzene content that could make it a hazardous material and create a strong odour, according to Olson. Plummer was evacuated for two hours Saturday, but Olson said the fumes were not a threat to residents.

“They probably will notice some odours still,” he said.

Workers with Canadian Pacific and its environmental services contractor are performing the cleanup and have contained the spill, CP Spokesman Ed Greenberg said. The remediation will probably take several more days.

To read more: -http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/233647

ACCIDENT CLOSES ROUTE 220, SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL (Pennsylvania)

April 4, 2012 Athens Township, Pennsylvania USA

Emergency workers at tanker on US Route 220

A two-vehicle accident, which included a tanker truck carrying 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel, sent one to the hospital and closed a portion of U.S. Route 220 for several hours Tuesday.

The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. when a tanker truck from Flynn Energy — containing 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel — was hit on its passenger side when an elderly motorist failed to stop his vehicle at the sign at the end of Wolcott Hollow Road.

Officials said the tanker began to leak a small amount of fuel onto the roadway and into Wolcott Creek. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said the spill posed no immediate threat to the water supply, and they are continuing to monitor the situation.

The couple watched as the vehicles hit. They said the tanker flipped and rolled over twice, before it landed in the middle of the roadway on the bridge between the Greene’s Landing Dandy Mini Mart and Mott’s Restaurant. After stopping and speaking with a Pennsylvania State Trooper, the couple realized just how close they came to being involved in the two-vehicle crash.

“The trooper told us God saved us twice,” they said. “Were it not for the truck coming through at that moment, the car would have hit the driver’s side of our vehicle, and we would have most likely died.”

The trooper pointed out to the couple that the vehicle they were traveling in also narrowly escaped being hit by the tanker truck as it flipped over, before it came to a rest on the bridge.

Source: - http://www.morning-times.com/news/

SPILL RESPONSE EQUIPMENT (Canada)

Recommended that the rest of this article be read (see link at end of report) to show just how effective the Canadian oil spill emergency response system really is. Ed

Spill response equipment store in Canada
Spill response equipment store in Canada
Another view of spill equipment store
Another view of spill equipment store
Working with booms
Working with booms

Trevor Davis was having lunch on July 24, 2007, when he heard the helicopters and sirens.

It was his first month on the job as operations supervisor with Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, the company in charge of oil spill cleanup for the West Coast of Canada.

At first, he thought nothing of the commotion. Then a co-worker said something was happening, and Davis got the call: There was a spill of some sort.

A city-hired contractor had broken a pipeline while digging along Inlet Drive. A 20-to 30-metre geyser of oil sprayed for about 25 minutes, coating nearby homes in crude. The thick, black oil was running downhill into a storm drain and coming out underwater in the Burrard Inlet.

"We boomed it immediately," Davis says. "It went on for three months at least. - Even a couple of years later, oil was still coming out of that drain," Davis says. "It's all gone now."

In all, 224,000 litres of crude escaped, and, according to Kinder Morgan, 210,000 litres were recovered. The cleanup took months and cost roughly $15 million, not including the money Kinder Morgan paid for the damaged homes.

For Davis, the hours were long, and it was "challenging," but he considers it the best oil spill response training he could get.

Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (formerly known as Burrard Clean) is preparing for more marine traffic. Enbridge is proposing a new pipeline up north, and Kinder Morgan is moving ahead with expansion plans for the Trans Mountain line, with its terminus in Burnaby. Both would bring more oil from Alberta to the West Coast, and both would mean more tankers in Canadian waters.

"We're always bracing. There's more equipment coming," Davis says. "We're always trying to look at what we've got, is it ready? Are we in the right place?"

Read more: http://www.burnabynow.com/

NATO FUEL TANKER BLAZE KILLS 7 IN AFGHANISTAN

April 6, 2012 Kandahar, Afghanistan

Seven people were burnt to death in southern Afghanistan when a fuel tanker supplying a NATO base crashed and set their vehicle on fire, officials said.

The security chief of Panjwayi district and the Kandahar police chief said there was no insurgent activity at the time, and residents later pulled back from claims that the Taliban had attacked with rocket-propelled grenades.

Sardar Mohammad, Panjwayi's security chief, told AFP on Friday: "A fuel tanker supplying fuel for ISAF overturned and caught fire, and simultaneously a civilian minivan was passing nearby also set ablaze."

Seven people were killed and three others who were injured were taken to hospital, he said.

A burning fuel tanker
A burning fuel tanker

Abdul Hakim, who lives opposite the crash site, told AFP he heard a loud bang when the tanker overturned, and a passing vehicle was set on fire by the blaze.

Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq confirmed the death toll, telling AFP: "This fuel tanker was coming from the city of Kandahar to Panjwayi district at high speed. “On its way this tanker overturned and caught fire," he said. "A civilian minivan was passing on the way and the vehicle was also set ablaze."

Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/

FUEL TANKER TRUCK DRIVER WHO LED POLICE ON CHASE FROM OWASSO TO TULSA SENTENCED TO 55 YEARS IN PRISON (Oklahoma)

A long, long sentence. Ed

April 7 2011 Tulsa Oklahoma USA

A Broken Arrow man with a felony record has been sentenced to 55 years in prison on charges linked to a vehicle pursuit from Owasso to downtown Tulsa last May.

Tulsa County jurors found Rocky Todd Nail guilty Thursday of three felonies - one count of eluding police and two counts of running a roadblock. Nail, who was driving a fuel tanker truck during the chase, incurred a 25-year prison sentence and two 15-year terms for those crimes, plus $11,000 in fines.

He also was convicted of two misdemeanours. Nail, 48, received a one-year jail term and a $1,000 fine for possessing drug paraphernalia and was fined $500 for failing to stop at a red light. District Judge Kurt Glassco ordered all the sentences to run consecutively.

The May 21 pursuit started when Nail did not stop at a red light in Owasso, a prosecutor said.

Nail endangered lives as he drove the truck - which was "almost empty" of gasoline - along U.S. 169, said Assistant District Attorney Gary Davis. Accompanied by law enforcement vehicles, Nail drove on the Broken Arrow Expressway, evidence indicated.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, "fearing that Nail was headed into busy downtown Tulsa, where Mayfest was occurring," shot out a front tire on the tanker truck, an arrest report states.

The tanker continued to travel with a deflated tire. It stopped at First Street and Cincinnati Avenue after crashing into a parked vehicle and pushing that vehicle into four others, the report says.

During the trial's sentencing stage, Davis introduced evidence that Nail has five previous felony convictions - two for possessing a controlled drug, two for indecent exposure and one for possessing a firearm as a felon.

In his closing argument, defense attorney Glen Dresback maintained that "this is a case of overreaching" regarding the charges that were filed.

Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com

BOURBON COUNTY SEES SEVERAL HAZARDOUS SPILLS (Kansas)

April 7, 2012 Fort Scott Bourbon County Kansas USA

Bourbon County has experienced four hazardous material spills within the past six days, including one at a local convenience store, Emergency Manager Keith Jeffers told county commissioners on Friday.

About 600 gallons of fuel were spilled at 5 Corners Mini Mart, 1122 S. Clark St., in Fort Scott, after a re-fuelling company employee filled the wrong tank on Thursday.

Five Corners General Manager Scott Smith, who was not working at the time of the incident, said one of his employees noticed fuel spilling out from the top of the tank and informed the worker, who had returned to his truck, before calling the Fort Scott Fire Department. "It's just an unfortunate thing that happened," Smith said. "The truck driver, for whatever reason, came in with the wrong product."

About 20 personnel and emergency officials worked about 10 hours cleaning up and containing the fuel. Source http://www.fstribune.com

EPA ADDRESSES FARM FUEL STORAGE REGS (USA)

Here is an update on United States farmers and spill prevention planning. Ed

April 17, 2012 USA

An Environmental Protection Agency representative will meet with farmers about an approaching deadline to have a plan to prevent and contain fuel spills.

Greg Weigel, regional spill prevention control and countermeasures coordinator for EPA, will address growers during a free meeting 9 a.m. May 15 in Ritzville, Wash., hosted by the Washington Association of Wheat Growers. Weigel has heard from many farmers who have the misconception that the rule, in place with the Clean Water Act in 1974, is new.

"Farm facilities have never been exempt from the rule," he said.

The rule was first amended in 2002 and several times since, requiring facilities to update their plans. The date for compliance has been extended to May 2013.

John Stuhlmiller, director of government relations with the Washington Farm Bureau, believes the amendment reinforces existing regulation.

"Obviously, nobody is ever excited about increasing regulation," he said. "But if you already have a tank that size, the only difference is a little more red tape related to that."

Farmers with above-ground storage capacity of less than 1,320 gallons (5148 litres) and underground storage of less than 42,000 (163,800 litres) gallons are not affected by the rule.

Farmers with less than 5,000 gallons (19,500 litres) of above-ground storage can use a template provided by EPA without an engineer's certification.

Weigel isn't certain how many farmers would be affected, since there is no requirement for them to register their facility. "The only facilities we know of come to our attention because we see them or they've had a spill or someone lodged a complaint," he said. "(Farmers) have to determine whether this rule applies to them or not."

Weigel said there have been two enforcement cases in the Pacific Northwest -- one in which the farmer had tanks on a creek bank with no containment or plan and another who had fuel spill into a river and had no plan. Weigel said the fine could be "substantial" for a spill and lack of a plan.

If farmers have a plan and containment but are missing an aspect of requirement or the plan is out of date, the EPA might just ask for the problem to be fixed without a penalty, he said.

"Having a spill prevention plan makes sense," Weigel said. "(Farmers) don't want the stuff to get into the water, either."
Source: www.capitalpress.com

GAS TANKER OVERTURNS SPILLING FUEL INTO CREEK (Georgia)

April 9, 2012 Dacula Georgia USA

Overturned tanker in Dacula
Overturned tanker in Dacula

Police and fire crews are at the scene of an overturned gas tanker in the 3900 block of Winder Highway near Highway 316 in Dacula.

The accident, involving a gas tanker and a white Jeep Cherokee, occurred shortly after noon.

"The white Jeep Cherokee crossed the centre line and hit the tractor trailer basically head on," said Gwinnett County Police public information officer Cpl. Jake Smith.

As a result of the collision, the driver of the tanker lost control of the vehicle and the tanker overturned. The tanker was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel at the time of the accident.

Both drivers were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville with non-life threatening injuries, Smith said. According to Smith, a witness stopped and pulled the tanker driver out of the vehicle to safety.

"Of course things could've gone much worse than they did," Smith said. "It was a pretty heroic action on his part."

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services public information officer Lt. Eric Eberly said crews are currently working to keep ignition sources to a minimum.

"If any kind of ignition lights the fuel that's on the ground, it could potentially explode the fuel that's inside the tanker," he said.

Crews initially estimated approximately 100 to 250 gallons of fuel have leaked to the ground. However, shortly after 4 p.m., Eberly issued an email update indicating several thousand gallons of fuel may have spilled into a nearby stream.

"We have built several dams in a nearby creek to help catch some of the spill off," Eberly wrote. "It is estimated that several thousand gallons of gasoline had spilled into the creek. Clean-up crews are on the scene attempting to recover gas out of the water."

Eberly said once the leak has been stopped and the fumes dissipate, crews can begin offloading the remaining fuel. Once the fuel is offloaded, a wrecker can remove the damaged tanker. Eberly expects clean-up to take several hours.

Source: -http://peachtreecorners.patch.com/

FUEL TANKER CATCHES FIRE AFTER ROLLING (West Aust)

April 15, 2012 Katanning West Australia

Tanker rollover in West Australia

A fuel tanker has rolled and caught fire near the southern wheat belt town of Katanning in Western Australia.

Police on Friday warned motorists to avoid the Great Southern Highway from south of Katanning to north of Broomehill, which has been closed as fire crews fight the blaze.

The tanker rolled just after 7am and the driver was not injured.

Source: -http://news.ninemsn.com.au/

PLANE REFUELING SPILL FINE (Massachusetts)

April 11, 2012 Boston, Massachusetts USA

A large fine leveled upon a plane refueling company at Logan Airport has given rise to the belief that the fine is connected with the death of the Wood Island clam flats following a spill at the airport in 2010.

Massport officials have consistently refused to comment on the spill and its magnitude or to acknowledge that there is likely a connection between the spilling of large quantities of aviation fuel into the areas of the clam flats at that time which led to the wholesale death of the clams and the fragile ecosystem that supported the flats nearest to the area of the spill.

The probable connection of the two events was apparently not lost on the Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office, which recently fined Swissport/BOS Fueling, Inc. $90,000 for failing to take adequate precautions to contain oil spills.

Swissport/BOS and Massport have maintained that no jet fuel that was spilled made it beyond the so-called North Outfall booms that are in position at the airport to contain large oil spills. However, a map provided to the East Boston Times in May, 2011 by a local clammer shows where the clams died off and where the clams remained healthy.

There has to be a correlation between the two – and especially that of the dead clams in the North Outfall where the residue of the October, 2010 aviation fuel spill apparently seeped into the clam beds.

Clamming those flats local clammer John Dennehy said he usually harvested 1,000 pounds of clams in a day but that after the spill, he had never seen the clam flats so absent of life. He said all the clams had died.

The state’s Marine Department of Fisheries examined batches of the dead clams reporting back that the clams had died of neoplasia – clam cancer. This cancer, according to Marine Fishery officials, is caused by hydrocarbons found in jet fuel.

Neither Swissport/BOS nor Massport have been forthcoming about the October, 2010 aviation fuel spill.

Massport should have fully investigated the October, 2010 spill as it should have investigated the death of the clam flats and reported this news to the EPA. Then it should have made the information public to show it has nothing to hide.

More importantly, Massport’s response to the fuel spill indicates a breach of that agency’s formerly pristine reporting with regard to problems whether real or imagined that take place at Logan Airport.

All of us in this area rely heavily on Massport’s veracity and its ability to patrol itself and to take the blame for incidents that are of their own making.

Indeed, if Massport insists that no jet fuel was spilled into the clam flats and seeped into the Wood Island flats, then why are the clam flats dead and absent of life?

Source: - http://www.eastietimes.com/2012/04/11/plane-refueling-spill-fine/

DERAILMENT LEADS TO UNEXPECTED BENEFITS FOR LANDOWNER (Indiana)

Note: - This report is from the International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) Newsletter. CROIERG is an associate member of the ISCO. Ed

April 8, 2012 Ligonier, Indiana USA

It's hard to know who is more pleased with how the recent Noble County derailment unfolded, Bill Guyas or Michael "Mick" Newton.

Guyas, a retiree who lives in a house with his wife on the east side of C.R 1100 West, just south of the Norfolk Southern tracks, watched as his property was literally overrun by emergency personnel and officials from Norfolk Southern and related train repair companies.

The derailment, involving 22 cars on March 27, caused a hazardous chemical spill and a toxic fire that burned for nearly two days and led to a series of evacuations for residents north of the tracks.

Even though rail service was restored within two days, clean-up efforts continued through last week and are expected to continue for possibly several more weeks, Guyas said he was told.

While the throngs of emergency responders, media and construction workers are long gone, some crews continue to work at the derailment site and a staging area to the east. For Guyas, whose home is just south of the tracks, the accident has turned out better than he probably ever imagined.

First, Norfolk Southern constructed a temporary road off Guyas' drive way to the staging area. Representatives of the company, in the midst of the emergency, assured Guyas that they would restore his property to original conditions when work was complete, but Guyas said Thursday he likes the new gravel road and is content to leave it.

And then there's the electrical line that runs from his house to a mobile home on his property.

The line dipped too low across the driveway for trucks to get through, so with permission, Norfolk employees had the utility line buried. No need to restore that either, Guyas told them.

"We're tickled pink," Guyas said. "We've talked about doing this for three years. Anytime my son would be over to get some hay, we'd have to put up a special prop to make sure the power line was up high enough."

To read more: -

http://www.menafn.com/

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