GUERNSEY, Sask. – An estimate of oil spilled in a fiery train derailment in rural Saskatchewan has increased to 10,000 barrels
Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment says new figures from Canadian Pacific show the spill was more than the 7500 barrels initially calculated.
The ministry says a significant amount of crude was burned off during the fire, and CP estimates 7500 barrels of oil has so far been recovered.
The freight train jumped the tracks on Feb. 6 near Guernsey, about 115 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.
It was the second train to go off the same stretch of tracks since December, when a derailment caused a fire and spilled 9400 barrels.
Both derailments are under investigation by the Transportation Safety Board.
CP says it’s working with the government on a remediation plan and crews are still on site to ensure equipment is removed and the area is restored.