ONALASKA - Nearly 100 emergency responders are
training this week for the possibility of a large oil spill on the
Mississippi River caused by a train derailment.
The training is a response to rapidly rising rail
shipments of crude oil from North Dakota that pass by the
Mississippi. North Dakota has more than doubled its oil production
in the last two years to more than 1 million barrels a day.
Federal, state and local emergency responders
gathering in the La Crosse area will practice deploying booms to
contain a spill, learn how to deal with oil-covered wildlife and
train in communication and organization.
David Morrison of the Minnesota Pollution Control
Agency is directing the exercise. Morrison says the energy boom is
bringing a lot of crude oil in regular proximity to natural
resources and refuge areas.