CSX updates public on progress of cleanup of West Virginia oil-train derailment site

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A CSX spokeswoman says the company is continuing to closely monitor the environmental impact of a fiery oil-train derailment in southern West Virginia.

The company held a public meeting Tuesday evening at the Glen Ferris Inn.

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On Feb. 16, 27 cars of a CSX train's 109 cars derailed during a snowstorm in Mount Carbon. Leaking oil ignited, shooting fireballs into the sky and burning down a nearby house.

Under a March consent order with the Environmental Protection Agency, the railroad agreed to a long-term plan for cleaning up and restoring the area.

CSX says more than 181,000 gallons of crude oil has been recovered. About 10,000 tons of surrounding soil have been removed and shipped for disposal.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by the Federal Railroad Administration.