28 Nov '14, 9pm

Long-weekend pastime: Look for oil-by-rail disasters near you

Long-weekend pastime: Look for oil-by-rail disasters near you

It looks sort of like a collection of colorful gumballs, scattered across the U.S. Some parts of the country have more gumballs than others — the coasts of Louisiana and Texas have quite a collection going — but so does Bradford, Pa.; Purcell, Okla.; Belden, N.D.; and Camden, N.J. In other parts of the country you can see what looks almost like a pathway — tiny, colorful dots starting in North Dakota passing through Minnesota, and moving down through Illinois. I’m going to break it to you now and say that this is not a map of gumballs . It was produced by the investigative reporting nonprofit ProPublica, and because investigative reporting is rarely a cheerful enterprise, what the map actually describes are crude-by-rail accidents across the country. Still, let us be grateful, because it’s a Thanksgiving miracle we have this data at all. As with a lot of miracles, the rele...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/long-weekend-pastime-look...

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