DURHAM, New Hampshire (NEWS CENTER) - A professor at the University of New Hampshire has been closely following the latest developments in the Quebec train derailment case.
Nancy Kinner is an expert in oil spills. She creates and distributes research on the latest clean up techniques. She testified before federal lawmakers several times regarding the BP oil spill in the Gulf. She also recently lead officials in Maine through a workshop dealing with spills including those from rail cars like the ones that derailed in Quebec.
She says what happened in Quebec, where a runaway train hauling fuel derailed killing dozens of people, is a rare occurrence. Millions of miles of rails carry this kind of cargo everyday. Before the Quebec tragedy most people didn't think twice about it. But officials in Maine do as they prepare for the potential for oil spills from those rail cars.
"In the United States, Maine is one of the best prepared. They've had to deal with some spills in the state and they've done very well with them", Kinner said.
Maine officials called on Kinner to conduct a spill workshop because they wanted to prepare for the potential of more heavier fuel being hauled across the state. The Professor stays on top of the latest research into clean up techniques. But she says no one could prepare for what happened just across our border involving that unmanned train.