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Environmentalists say oil still in west Ala. swamp after train derailment

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PICKENS COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

Four months after a train derailment spilled millions of gallons of oil into a west Alabama swamp, environmentalists say oil is still in the water.

Regulators promised an aggressive cleanup but the Waterkeeper Alliance says it appears the oil is moving towards a river. The derailment happened in November near Aliceville in Pickens County.

"The environmental mitigation was never completely done. And the measures I see out here today I believe they really thought that because it's out of sight, out of mind, out in the middle of a swamp, that nobody was going to pay attention," John Wathen with the Waterkeeper Alliance said.

The EPA and Alabama Department of Environmental Management are overseeing the cleanup. The agencies say the rail line had to be fixed quickly to get the oil out and remove damaged rail cars.

"The EPA and ADEM are continuing to work together to ensure all recoverable oil is removed from the site," EPA spokesperson James Pinkney said.

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