Latest Posts





Oil Spill From Train Cars Shows We Still Need Pipelines

On Friday, June 23, a train carrying crude oil from Canada derailed just south of Doon in Lyon County, Iowa, causing oil to leak oil into surrounding floodwaters from the swollen Little Rock River.

The derailment demonstrates the need to build more pipelines because they are the safest, most-efficient means of transporting oil.

According to the Des Moines Register:

“A railroad official says 14 of 32 derailed oil tanker cars in the northwest corner of Iowa dumped an estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil into floodwaters, with some making its way to nearby rivers.”

Although the rail cars derailed spilling oil, the rail company dispatched environmental cleanup crews within hours of the spill:

“Within hours of the derailment, BNSF had brought in dozens of semitrailers loaded with equipment to clean up the spill, including containment booms, skimmers and vacuum trucks.”

“He said that nearly half the spill had been contained with booms near the derailment site and an additional boom placed approximately 5 miles downstream. Williams had earlier said that 33 oil cars derailed.”

Hopefully the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission takes notice of this train derailment and approves the new route for the Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota. The PUC’s decision on the pipeline route and certificate of need are expected to come Wednesday, June 27 or Thursday, June 28.





Upcoming Events

  • Morning in Minnesota Breakfast Series Featuring Isaac Orr

    Location: The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE Willmar, MN 56201

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Tuesday, August 27th at The Oaks at Eagle Creek for breakfast with Center policy fellow and energy expert, Isaac Orr. Following his discussion of his new report, Doubling Down on Failure: How a 50 Percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard Would Cost Minnesota $80.2 Billion, Isaac will be joined by Rep. Tim Miller, Rep. Dave Baker, and Sen. Andrew Lang for a conversation about renewable energy standards in Minnesota. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE, Willmar, MN 56201 7:30 AM Breakfast & Check-In 8:00 AM Presentation…

  • Fall Briefing Featuring Kimberley Strassel

    Location: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

    Purchase Tickets Here

    Register Now