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North American crude-by-rail accidents, spills

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April 30 (Reuters) - Shipping crude by rail is booming across North America as producers seek alternatives to congested pipelines to transport their oil and petroleum products to markets.

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Total crude oil shipments by rail last year surged by more than 70 percent to about 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), according to Association of American Railroads. Oil-by-rail loadings rebounded in the fourth quarter to 108,590 carloads, or just over 840,000 bpd, based on a standard tank car, after falling in the third quarter.

As the amount of crude shipped by rail increases, the risk of derailments has also climbed.

The following table details a number of derailments across the United States and Canada since the start of 2013 involving rail freight cars carrying crude and petroleum products:

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