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Crews soak up oil along tracks in SE Minnesota

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WINONA, Minn. (WXOW) - Crews have placed oil-absorbing booms and sandbags along railroad tracks in southeastern Minnesota to soak up oil that leaked out of a tanker car last month.

The car dribbled about 12,000 gallons between Red Wing and Winona Feb. 3

Officials say little oil collected in any one spot because the train was moving, but some pooled when the train stopped for 45 minutes near Minneiska for a crew change. The site is near Weaver Bottoms, a major backwater of the Mississippi River, and the oil became apparent with the warmer weather.

Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg says the railroad has placed booms and sandbags along a short segment of track, and applied oil-eating microbes to the surface. He says there's no trace of the oil beyond the track area.
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