Officials revised downward the amount of oil spilled during the June 22 derailment near Doon, Iowa, and now believe approximately 160,000 gallons spilled from 10 of 32 derailed tank cars. BNSF Railway initially reported 14 cars were breached, spilling an estimated 230,000 gallons. The new numbers were determined following detailed inspections after the cars were moved from the derailment site.
Most of the spill was contained to a small triangular area between BNSF tracks, Garfield Avenue and 270th Street; however, there is some impact to adjacent agriculture fields. Hazardous materials and environmental experts expect restoration to conclude this fall. Ongoing drinking water sampling, approved by the incident Unified Command, including the EPA and Iowa Department of Natural Resources, indicates that the spill has not impacted drinking water.
BNSF regrets the inconvenience the incident caused local communities and we remain committed to working with those impacted, as well as local officials, in cleaning up this site. BNSF has established a claims hotline number for area residents and landowners at 866-243-4784.