July 6, 2016 | La Crosse Tribune | Today marks the third anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster in Canada, which killed 47 people in a fiery explosion. This train passed through La Crosse days before the accident.
Since this disaster, there have been additional oil and ethanol derailments that have resulted in spills and explosions. Most recently, the oil train derailment in Mosier, Ore., demonstrated once again that crude oil is simply too dangerous to transport by rail. Responding to this disaster, Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, wrote, “Carrying crude by rail is just not a good idea … We need to phase out rail shipments of crude oil.”