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North American crude-by-rail accidents, spills

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.

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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