By Laura Barron-Lopez - 05/12/14 11:53 AM EDT
The Union Pacific Railroad said Saturday 6,500 gallons of oil spilled after a train derailed in northern Colorado on Friday.
Cleanup operations continued into Saturday, a railroad spokeswoman said. The spill was contained to a ditch, according to a state official, preventing it from reaching the nearby South Platte River.
The increasing number of crude-by-rail accidents has generated debate over the best mode of transportation for crude oil.
Sen. Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Colo.) said Friday's derailment highlights the need to upgrade rail safety regulations.
Udall added that while the Transportation Department has taken steps to improve train safety, more must be done.
Despite trains carrying 11 percent of the nation's oil, a small percentage of tank cars are puncture-resistant, Udall said.