Mosier Derailment Unified Command
News Update 8 11 a.m. June 7, 2016
More than half of the oil in derailed train cars moved to The Dalles
MOSIER, Ore. Crews recovered a significant amount of oil from derailed cars overnight and could have all of the oil transloaded offsite by day’s end.
Crews transloaded more than 65 truck loads of recovered oil by Tuesday morning. It’s estimated that about 25 more truck loads remain. Once all of the oil is transloaded, crews will begin removing the damaged rail cars.
The oil is being transferred to The Dalles on special tanker trucks and staged for transport by rail to Tacoma, Wash., its original destination.
Water sample tests showed that the water is safe to drink. At 2 p.m., Monday, June 6, the city lifted the boil water advisory for all residents except for two homes on Rock Creek Road.
Union Pacific has identified a preliminary cause of the crash, saying a bolt that fastens the rail to the railroad ties may have been at fault. But the final determination of the cause has not been made.
Sixteen tanker cars carrying Bakken crude oil derailed Friday afternoon, June 3. Officials estimate that 42,000 gallons of crude escaped from four rail cars. Thirteen cars remain at the wreckage site. The cars were part of a 96car train carrying Bakken crude oil to Tacoma, Wash.
It is estimated that 10,000 gallons of oil were removed from the wastewater system after the crash with the remaining 32,000 gallons either burned off and vaporized, captured by booms in the Columbia River, or absorbed by soil.
Booms remain in place as a precautionary measure but no new signs of oil sheen have been seen on the river or other waterways. Environmental crews believe the source of the sheen has been controlled.
Traffic resumed on the rail line through Mosier Sunday evening, June 5, with trains limited to 10 mph.
Crews continue to carefully monitor air and water quality around the site of the crash.
A temporary bypass system, which allowed the city to restore sewer service to local customers, remains in place. The city’s wastewater is being collected and trucked to Hood River for disposal.
Federal, state, tribal, and local authorities remain at the command center near the scene to coordinate response until the cleanup is complete.
Media and citizen inquiries can be directed to: M osierMP70@gmail.com, an information kiosk is located at the Mosier School, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is providing public updates at bit.ly/deqmosier.
Other sources of information:
Oregon DEQ Mosier web site: b it.ly/deqmosier. Facebook: h ttps://www.facebook.com/MosierDerail/ Twitter: h ttps://twitter.com/mosierderail
Union Pacific: w ww.up.com/mosier