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Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem

December 9, 2014 | Weather Films| A train hauling two million gallons of crude oil from North Dakota had exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. Now regulators had to assure Americans a similar disaster wouldn’t happen south of the border, where the U.S. oil boom is sending highly volatile crude oil every day over aging, often defective rails in vulnerable railcars.

But regulators not only haven’t acted fast – they haven’t acted at all.

In “Boom,” a joint investigation by The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News, we explore the breathtaking vulnerability of America’s towns and cities to rolling pipelines.

Read the full report here:

“Boom” was produced by Weather Films, the award-winning documentary unit of

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