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Rosendale Releases Statement on Train Derailment over Yellowstone River

GLENDIVE, MT - Today, Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) issued the following statement in response to the train derailment over the Yellowstone River in Stillwater County.

I am closely tracking the train derailment over the Yellowstone River and coordinating with local, state, and federal officials,” said Rep. Rosendale. “Earlier this evening, Montana Rail Link informed me that initial assessments indicate the compromised rail cars were carrying molten sulfur and asphalt. My priorities are to determine how these materials could impact water quality downstream, how long it will take to remove the cars from the river, and how long it will take to clean up any impacts to the environment. Once we have answers to that, we can begin to address what caused the incident and how long it will take to get the line up and running again.

Key Background:

  • Earlier today, a train derailed on a bridge over the Yellowstone River. The area's Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department said the river would be closed and asked boaters to avoid the area.
  • Congressman Rosendale has been in contact with Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, who confirmed the EPA and FRA are on site. The two discussed Congressman Rosendale’s priorities for the containment and cleanup process.
  • Disaster and Emergency Service (DES) will be monitoring the waterways and treatment facilities to determine if there are any contaminants.