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Northern Colorado officials eye the risk of oil train derailments

July 27, 2014 | The Denver Post | The derailment of five cars of an oil train May 9, which spilled 8,000 gallons of petroleum, was a wake-up call for northern Colorado, fire and safety officials say.

Although Weld County — scene of the most intense oil and gas drilling in the state — has not experienced oil train fatalities, officials say increasing oil train traffic means flirting with disaster.

“On these things, it’s never if — it’s when,” said Carl Harvey, police chief and operations manager for the town of LaSalle, which has a rail switchyard in the middle of town.

“We know it’s going to be our turn one day,” he said.

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