Even though people across the world are trying to move on from Covid, it’s still here, all around us.
Case in point: Half of all infections during the pandemic have taken place this year, as noted by my Times Opinion colleague David Wallace-Wells. Given the current pace, it’s possible that more than 80 percent of all Covid cases will ultimately take place in 2022, he said.
I don’t know the times, locations, or other variables, in the exercise calculations, but I can envision places in Bismarck and Fargo where the death count might be zero at certain times of the day. I could also think of cases, especially in downtown Fargo, when thousands would be in the blast zone.
There were 47 deaths in Lac-Megantic (6,000 pop.) after a Bakken oil train derailed on July 6, 2013. Dozens of downtown buildings were incinerated, but due to the late hour, most of the people who died were assembled at one place of business. http://www.bing.com/videos/search…
“This order will bring every barrel of Bakken crude within standards to improve the safety of oil for transport,” said Governor Jack Dalrymple, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, in a joint statement.
Considering the improved safety, North Dakota officials should have updated projections of fatalities for Fargo and Bismarck. They would know the June variables and the change in composition of the contents of the tanker cars, due to the new Order. You could extrapolate the information to predict the deaths and damage for your community.
What’s the new number for casualties? These people should know…
North Dakota Industrial Commission
Governor Dalrymple’s Chief of Staff
Governor Dalrymple’s Director and Policy Advisor
Lynn D. Helms, Director
Department of Mineral Resources
Oil and Gas Division
North Dakota Department of Emergency Services
Cass County (Fargo) Emergency Management
Fargo Fire Department
Steve Dirksen Fire Chief
Burleigh County (Bismarck) Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Mary H. Senger Emergency Manager
Bismarck Emergency Management Division
Gary Stockert Emergency Manager
Bismarck Fire Department
Joel Boespflug Chief