Residents concerned about flammable oil rolling through

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The kind of oil that caused a deadly explosion in Canada last year, and others just like it, has been rolling through a St. Louis neighborhood.

Recently, residents in Holly Hills took a stand - and said the dangerous shipments must stop.

St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says the train cars coming through the Holly Hills area will no longer be full of Bakken oil and be nearly empty.

A sigh of relief for the residents in the area.

After decades of being here, these train tracks are causing concern for residents.

"When those explosions happen it would be ground zero for my family and for my neighbors," says Holly Hills resident Mechelle Minden.

She lives next to the train tracks and is worried a disaster like the one in Canada could happen here.

The train derailment in Canada when Bakken oil caused an explosion, killing 47 people.

St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, who also lives in the neighborhood, knew the potential for disaster and got involved.

He says after many conversations, Union Pacific Railroad told him last week that no longer will FULL tanker cars containing Bakken oil will come through Holly Hills.

"They are not empties but they've already been emptied and there's a residual product in them, 10 percent can be left in them, which isn't that much in there so it relieved my worries considerably," says Chief Jenkerson.

He says because there's still some product inside it could still explode.

"It's still a problem, but it's nowhere near the hazard we had before with three million gallons of product coming through," Jenkerson says.

Minden says she's thrilled to learn that the full cars won't be coming through, but says they will continue their efforts as a neighborhood to hold the railroad accountable.

"It's a big win, my concern is it's a gentleman's agreement and it could change at any time," says Minden.

As for the full tanker cars Chief Jenkerson says he doesn't know where they are rolling through now, but he has been told it's nowhere in the City of St. Louis.


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