By Ken Stern 

BNSF locomotive derailed early Thursday morning behind Swinomish casino


March 22, 2023

Ken Stern

OFF THE TRACKS – The spill was fuel oil from the two BNSF locomotives that derailed early Thursday, March 16. They were traveling east and almost to the Swinomish Channel, and parallel to Padilla Bay behind the Swinomish Casino and Lodge. The four tank cars were not involved.

SWINOMISH RESERVATION -The "active cleanup of the diesel spill caused by the early Thursday morning derailment of two BNSF locomotives" was ending early Saturday afternoon, Bill Dunbar, U.S. EPA public affairs staff reported. He gave estimates that approximately 2,100 cubic yards of contaminated soil and 4,300 gallons of groundwater were removed from the site, with fewer than 50 gallons of diesel fuel in the groundwater. No diesel reached the shoreline, and no impacts to fish or wildlife have been observed.

The diesel leaked from one of the two engines when they went off the tracks to a berm o...

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