Federal Railroad Administration investigators will remain in the Montgomery area for several days and possibly weeks as the investigation continues.
Early findings have discovered some oil has leaked into the Kanawha River, but on-going tests from West Virginia American Water have discovered there is no impact on the drinking water.
"We are working with our partners in the Unified Command on continuous water monitoring as temperatures rise and river conditions change. At this time we are confident that there has been no impact and the water is safe to drink,” said Dennis Matlock, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA. “The Unified Command is prepared to deploy additional containment strategies if necessary to supplement the existing booms, sheet piling, barge operations, and product vacuuming operations that are recovering product and limiting further environmental impact.”
According the a press release, it's estimated approximately 152,000 gallons of oil has been recovered directly from tank cars as of Sunday afternoon.
As for residents affected by the derailment, The CSX Outreach Center will return to the Glen Ferris Inn location beginning Monday. The Outreach Center will be open 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and to noon on Friday.
5 p.m. Feb 21, 2015 UPDATE:
Officials with the Joint Information Center for the Mt. Carbon train derailment announced on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015 that Route 61 will be closed for around six hours from Saturday night into Sunday morning. The closure will be from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. The time will be used to reposition equipment. Teams are also working with regulatory and environmental agencies to begin preparations to remove the remaining rail cars to a nearby CSX rail yard.
Officials with the Federal Railroad Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration have team of inspectors on site. They are getting ready to begin a full-scale investigation into the cause of the derailment.
The CSX Community Outreach Center remains open at Valley High School over the weekend. Resident who are not able to visit the outreach center can request compensation my mailing a letter that includes name, home address (P.O. Boxes are not accepted), phone number, social security number and a photocopy of your driver's license to the following address:
CSX TransportationCSX will respond with an information package including further instructions. That includes how to provide additional wage information and paperwork for itemizing damages. Compensation via mail usually take approximates 4-6 weeks.
Attention: Mount Carbon accident response team
935 7th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701