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Cold Temperatures Halt Casselton Cleanup

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The cleanup at the site of the train derailment in Casselton is being called off this weekend, as temperatures drop below zero.

The Environmental Health section of the Health Department have been at the site all week, but says workers will be unable to continue any clean up efforts as temperatures drop this weekend.

"When it's 20 below, there's challenges with just getting workers out there staying warm and keeping equipment working. But also, the contaminants you deal with, the soil becomes like concrete, a little tougher to move and remove. So, those are the challenges that we deal with this time of year. But the good thing is it's so cold, it's not migrating very fast. So, where you spill it, it's going to stay," says Environmental Health Chief David Glatt.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration warned yesterday that the light, sweet crude from the Bakken could be more flammable than traditional heavy crude oil.

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