Under the Biden administration including Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, there have been a few alarming railway tales, such as the disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, which damaged the town’s ecology. Despite Joe Biden making a strange remark and then promising to go, he hasn’t yet visited the area. The government hasn’t exactly exuded confidence in the way they’ve been managing things, and they’ve taken a lot of justified heat for their slow and inadequate response to the catastrophe.
Add to it a very bizarre scenario unfolding under their watch.
Approximately 60,000 pounds or 30 tons of ammonium nitrate vanished while being transported on a train car.
It should sound familiar if ammonium nitrate is mentioned. It serves as fertilizer. However, it may also be utilized as an explosive if heated or exposed to a fuel source. Because of this, it has sometimes been used in both accidental explosions and deliberate assaults, such as the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which left 168 people dead and 850 wounded. The reason 60,000 pounds going missing is causing so much discussion is that the explosion only utilized around 5,000 pounds and it was combined with motor gasoline before being set off in the parking garage. That has the potential to do a ton of harm in the wrong hands.
Ammonium nitrate was being transported to California out of Cheyenne, Wyoming. On April 12, it departed Cheyenne. However, the shipping business, Dyno Nobel, said that two weeks after it left, the transport container containing the ammonium nitrate was completely empty.
“Since then, four different investigations have been opened.”
“A Dyno Nobel representative told KQED that the business believed the pelletized ammonium nitrate may have started falling out of the train car at some point throughout the journey.”
“When the railcar departed the Cheyenne plant, it was sealed, and the seals were still in place when it reached Saltdale, California. According to the preliminary analysis, a leak may have occurred via the railcar’s bottom gate while it was in motion,” the spokesperson told the station.
The railroad car was brought back to Wyoming to conduct further investigation while the Federal Railroad Administration, in addition to the California State Public Utilities Commission, also Union Pacific, along with Dyno Nobel are all now probing into the loss of the material.
On its way to California, that car stopped many times.
A corporate spokesperson said, “We take the situation seriously and are committed to learning how it happened as well as how it can be prevented from happening again.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire