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DENR Monitoring Doon, Iowa Crude Oil Spill

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 25, 2018

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Brian Walsh, 605-773-3296

EPA’s Doon Iowa Derailment Website: response.epa.gov/DoonIADerailment


DENR Monitoring Doon, Iowa Crude Oil Spill


PIERRE, S.D. – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is monitoring a crude oil spill that occurred 20 miles east of Canton on Friday when a Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) train derailed south of Doon, Iowa.


Thirty-three tank cars derailed and BNSF officials estimate 230,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled. An oil sheen has been observed on the Rock River which connects to the Big Sioux River approximately 17 miles southwest of the spill site.


BNSF, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7, and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) have resources onsite and cleanup efforts are underway. Because the spill has the potential to reach the Big Sioux River in South Dakota, DENR continues to monitor the cleanup efforts by coordinating with EPA and IDNR staff who are on-scene. DENR is communicating with the emergency managers in the potentially affected South Dakota counties, has notified downstream water users, and has collected water samples from the Big Sioux River downstream of the spill site. In addition, the Big Sioux River can be in flood stage as flows approach 7,000 cubic feet per second in some locations.


“At this point, it does not appear the spill has impacted the Big Sioux River,” said DENR Secretary Steve Pirner. “However, DENR will continue to monitor this evolving situation.”


Based on the most recent information available to DENR, approximately 89,000 gallons of crude oil and water have been recovered and efforts are underway to contain the spill and assess the downstream impacts.  Information about the spill and cleanup effort can be seen on EPA’s website at response.epa.gov/DoonIADerailment.





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