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Study shows Aberdeen, Harrisburg, Canton and Mobridge in or near oil train ‘blast zones’

Some South Dakota communities are in or near what one environmental group calls the “blast zones” of railroads that carry oil shipments from North Dakota and Canada.

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The group ForestEthics has put together a searchable map at based on federal Department of Transportation and other information that shows if residents of a certain ZIP code area are in an oil train evacuation zone or impact zone.

For example, a search of some South Dakota communities indicated that Aberdeen (57401), Harrisburg (57032), Canton (57013) and Mobridge (57601) all lay within the department’s oil train evacuation or impact zones.

The ForestEthics map also shows all the oil routes it has been able to ascertain.

In South Dakota, the map shows three rail lines that cross all or part of South Dakota.

ForestEthics says the more 25 million Americans live on or near a “blast zone.”

The one-mile evacuation zone that is superimposed over the oil train route calculates the zone.