Lac-Megantic QC

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 […]

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New Oil Train Safety Rules Divide Rail Industry

New Oil Train Safety Rules Divide Rail Industry

November 5, 2014 | National Geographic | Three days after an oil train derailed and exploded in 2013 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, killing 47 people, Greg Saxton wandered through the disaster site inspecting tank cars. For Saxton, the damage was personal. Some of the tank cars were built by Greenbrier, an Oregon-based manufacturer where he’s chief […]

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Report: Oil train in fatal Quebec explosion passed through region

Report: Oil train in fatal Quebec explosion passed through region

August 23, 2014 | La Crosse Tribune | The Canadian oil train that derailed in 2013 killing 47 people in Lac-Mégantic passed through the Coulee Region on its way to Quebec, according to Canadian safety officials. A report from Canada’s Transportation Safety Board blamed “systemic weaknesses” in the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway’s safety system […]

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Oil train in deadly crash passed through major U.S. cities

Oil train in deadly crash passed through major U.S. cities

August 21, 2014 | Washington Examiner | A train carrying crude oil that derailed, exploded and killed 47 people in a Quebec town in July 2013 traveled through Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and North Dakota before the accident, a report from Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said. Canada’s federal transportation regulator blamed “systemic problems” for the […]

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Lac-Mégantic: TSB says no single factor to blame for derailment

Lac-Mégantic: TSB says no single factor to blame for derailment

August 19, 2014 | CBC | The Transportation Safety Board’s report into the deadly train derailment in Lac-Mégantic, Que., in 2013 is calling for additional safety measures to prevent runaway trains, as well as more thorough audits of safety management systems. While the report said “no one individual, a single action or a single factor” caused the […]

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The Crude Gamble of Oil by Rail: Bomb Trains

  July 29, 2014 | Vice News | It’s estimated that 9 million barrels of crude oil are moving over the rail lines of North America at any given moment. Oil trains charging through Virginia, North Dakota, Alabama, and Canada’s Quebec, New Brunswick, and Alberta provinces have derailed and exploded, resulting in severe environmental damage […]

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Could the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster happen in the U.S.?

July 10, 2014 | Aljazeera America | After receiving desperate calls for help from their Canadian counterparts in Lac-Mégantic, Québec, Maine’s Fire Chief Tim Pellerin and a group of volunteer firefighters made the two-hour journey to the site of an oil train fire one year ago. The only way to describe it, Pellerin said, was […]

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Residents gather to remember Lac-Mégantic

Residents gather to remember Lac-Mégantic

| July 10, 2014 | WXOW | La Crosse, WI – LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Over one year ago, Canada was shaken after a train derailed at Lac-Mégantic in Quebec, as 47 people died from the massive oil tanker spill. On Thursday, “Citizens Acting for Rail Safety” (C.A.R.S.) hosted a vigil at La Crosse […]

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Rupture-Prone Oil Trains Keep Rolling After Quebec Crash

Rupture-Prone Oil Trains Keep Rolling After Quebec Crash

July 4, 2014 | Bloomberg | When Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner sees rail cars full of crude oil rumble down the tracks that criss-cross his Chicago-area town, he often thinks about the derailment that killed 47 people almost a year ago in Canada. The disaster focused attention on the design of the oil tankers, yet […]

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After Lethal Crash, Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic Fears Return of Oil Trains

After Lethal Crash, Quebec’s Lac-Mégantic Fears Return of Oil Trains

July 4, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal | LAC-MÉGANTIC, Quebec—A year after an oil-train explosion killed 47 people in this small town, residents are waking up to a new reality: The oil trains are probably coming back. That upsets many of the town’s 6,000 residents, who lost family, friends and neighbors when a 74-car […]

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