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Safety Board Calculates Costs of Casselton Cleanup

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The National Transportation safety board says the damage from the train derailment and explosion near Casselton will exceed $6 million.

Inspectors are still determining how much was oil was spilled and how much burned off. The NTSB reports that 21 of the 106 cars on the oil train derailed, and 18 of them were punctured.

"There was about 450,000 gallons that was involved in the accident, and they were able to recover about 23,000 to 24,000 gallons," says Dave Glatt, N.D. Health Office of Enforcement. "That leaves us in that 430,000 to 440,000 gallons that was released to the environment. Some of the oil was burned and some of was spilled on the ground. We don't really know the exact number of how much burned, and how much was spilled on the ground."

Crews removed as much of the oil soaked dirt as they could. Some of the dirt is going to a processing plant, while the rest will remain on site until it can be disposed of. The health department says the major part of the cleanup will begin once the ground thaws in the spring.

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