Just an update for everyone:
The train that jumped the track Tuesday night, June 22, was empty.
The stretch of railroad is along Orchard Mesa, near the confluence of the Gunnison and the Colorado--and the 15 Mile Reach aka: the critical habitat for two of the four endangered fish of the Upper Colorado River Basin.
The train that jumped the track on THURSDAY night (June 24) spilled four cars carrying coal into the river. A few other cars also jumped the track and tipped some additional coal into the water. Each car carried approximately 100 tons of coal--so, it is (according to the paper) over 400 tons of coal (not 40,000) that went into the river. The media is not reporting any fuel.
The Fish and Wildlife Service sent biologists to the 15 Mile Reach immediately who determined the black plume from the coal wouldn't harm the fish--unless, of course, the coal landed on them when it tumbled into the river.
Union Pacific has evidently been working on the tracks.
The Grand Junction Sentinel has been following the story pretty closely. They're on-line at www.gjsentinel.com
That's all I've heard so far from the endangered fish Recovery Program folks.