Canadian Government

Transport Minister delivers on promise to accelerate removal of legacy DOT-111 tank cars from crude oil transport

November 1, 2016 | Government of Canada | The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of protecting Canadians and those who live along our rail corridors. That’s why we took concrete steps to make the shipment of dangerous goods safer. The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today highlighted that legacy DOT-111 tank cars will […]

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Accused in Lac-Mégantic derailment plead not guilty on federal charges

Accused in Lac-Mégantic derailment plead not guilty on federal charges

November 13, 2015 | Montreal Gazette | LAC-MÉGANTIC — A number of accused have pleaded not guilty to federal charges laid in connection with the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train derailment. The accused are all former employees of now-defunct Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway Ltd., and most were represented by lawyers in court on Thursday. [Read the entire article […]

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Two men charged in Canada train terror get life in prison

Two men charged in Canada train terror get life in prison

September 23, 2015 | The Christian Science Monitor | TORONTO — Two men found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train in Canada with support from al-Qaida were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison. Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser must serve a minimum of 10 years before becoming eligible for parole on their life […]

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Canadian Pacific ordered to correct alleged rail safety violation

September 12, 2015 | Reuters| Canada’s transport regulator has ordered Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd to address a new alleged safety violation after it found the company was not carrying out a mandatory brake safety test on some of its trains in Western Canada, according to a letter obtained by Reuters. An inspector from Transport Canada […]

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CP Rail lashes out at transport minister over Revelstoke comments

CP Rail lashes out at transport minister over Revelstoke comments

June 26, 2015 | CBC News| The head of CP Rail is lashing out at Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, accusing her of threatening the company even before completing an investigation into an allegation that a train was parked in the mountains above Revelstoke, B.C., without proper brakes being applied. [Read the entire article here.]

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Canadian Pacific Rail says cooperating with safety probe

June 23, 2015 | Reuters | Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said on Monday it is cooperating with a new federal safety investigation, after a media report raised allegations that it failed to apply adequate brakes when parking a train carrying flammable oil on a mountain slope in British Columbia. The federal transport department confirmed that […]

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Canada charges 6 in 2013 oil train disaster

Canada charges 6 in 2013 oil train disaster

June 23, 2015 | The Hill | Canadian federal officials hit six railroad employees with criminal charges stemming from a July 2013 oil train disaster in Quebec that killed 47. Transport Canada said the employees were responsible for the train not having its brake properly engaged on the night of the derailment and explosion in […]

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New Oil-By-Rail Regulations Are Big Win for Oil and Rail Industries, Won’t Stop “Bomb Trains”

New Oil-By-Rail Regulations Are Big Win for Oil and Rail Industries, Won’t Stop “Bomb Trains”

May 2, 2015 | DESMOG | The long-awaited oil-by-rail regulations released today are basically a guidebook for the oil and rail industries to continue doing business as usual when it comes to moving explosive Bakken crude oil by rail. DeSmog recently reported on how the Obama administration has worked behind the scenes to help achieve the […]

Feds’ new oil train rules make oil cars safer but not the cargo they carry

Feds’ new oil train rules make oil cars safer but not the cargo they carry

May 1, 2015 | Seattle PI |he Obama administration released long awaited safety rules for oil trains on Friday, with delayed standards for safer tank cars and no requirement that the fuel inside be processed to make it safer. The rules were jointly announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Canada’s Transportation Minister Lisa […]

New oil-train rules leave a lot of questions unanswered

New oil-train rules leave a lot of questions unanswered

May 1, 2015 | McClatchy DC | WASHINGTON — The U.S. and Canadian governments on Friday unveiled a long-awaited new standard for the tank cars used to transport crude oil and ethanol that includes numerous safety improvements. But it is far from the final word on efforts to reduce the risk of catastrophic derailments, such […]