Milwaukee residents expressed their concern about Bakken oil field
work accidents on the two-year anniversary of the derailment of a Bakken oil train that
killed 47 people.
The accident, in
Lac-Mégantic, Canada, occurred when an 74-car freight train carrying Bakken oil derailed
near the town center on July 5, 2013. Most of the people killed were at
home when the derailment occurred causing massive fires and explosions.
While the accident occurred away from the Bakken oil fields, protestors
claimed that the work accident was a symptom of the way many of the Bakken
oil companies do business. It is evidence, they claimed, of the blatant
disregard for human life evident in the Bakken fields.
Tanker freight trains are filled with oil at the Bakken fields and wind
their way across several states before crossing into Canada. The train
that derailed in
Lac-Mégantic did so in the early hours of the morning and killed 47 people. Many morewere injured.
Two years later, the clean up of the 75,000 gallons of crude oil continues.
Many community members may eventually receive some of the
$431 million settlement offered, but at least one rail company is challenging the settlement.Thereality
is that work accidents in the Bakken oil fields and related to them are
almost commonplace. While protests in distant cities might help avoid
future rail accidents, they do nothing for workers in the oil fields themselves
or those whohave been injured on the job.
When you face an injury or the death of a loved one in the Bakken oil fields,
contact us to discuss your options to make the companies pay for your pain.