Bomb Trains, The Crude Gamble Of Oil By Rail, by Vice News, is a 23 minute journey into the troubling safety problems surrounding the boom in rail oil shipments. It’s a dire warning for communities facing massive amounts of flammable product being transported in their midst, without prior and open public consultation, and without sufficient infrastructure in place in the event of yet another catastrophic oil train accident.
Set primarily in the Seattle, Washington area and the U.S. Pacific Northwest, the message and the problems associated with shipping oil by rail are virtually the same on both sides of the border.
This short film addresses the issues surrounding the use of defective DOT-111 oil tankers, problems with their repair or replacement, as well as the veil of secrecy under which the growth of rail oil shipments have taken place, with communities being the last to know what’s going on right under their own noses.
It’s a must-watch for anyone concerned about the growth of crude oil shipments by rail, and well worth the time to do so.
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Rail and Reason receives some very interesting emails, and literally, from all over.
One such recent correspondence was from Tasmania.
For those of you as rusty as some of the rail equipment that is used here in Canada, Tasmania is located just off the south of Australia. Read more…
The following is quoted from CN Rail’s website, July 15, 2014, from its “Leadership in Safety” online publication, page 10:
“99.998% of hazardous material carloads moving by CN arrive at their destination without a release caused by an accident.”
With credit to “Railroaded,” this is the recent account of what happened to the remaining .002%
Suddenly, “.002%” doesn’t look so insignificant anymore…
Originally posted on Railroaded's Blog:
The fifth reported Canadian National Railway derailment in 6 weeks in Alberta occurred July 12 north of Three Hills, about 60 kilometres northeast of Calgary (CBC News). 15 cars derailed, causing disruptions to transportation services in the area. Most of the cars carried general consumer merchandise, while 2 carried chemicals for household and industrial use. Alberta Emergency Alert indicated a local road was closed for an undisclosed length of time.
Other reported CN derailments in Alberta during the past 6 weeks include:
1. July 4: 6 cars carrying crude oil, methanol, lumber and gravel derailed and flipped over near Whitecourt.
2. June 27: 11 grain cars derailed near Chisholm.
3. June 11: 20 cars carrying dangerous goods residue, grain and lumber derailed near Faust.
4. May 30: About 50,000 litres of molten sulphur spilled from 3 of 7 derailed cars north of Lac La Biche.
See CN Railway…
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With the ominous first year anniversary of the Lac Megantic tragedy almost upon us, the controversy over shipping oil by rail continues to gather momentum, remaining squarely in the public spotlight.
It’s not a position that the rail industry could have even imagined finding itself in only a year ago, facing unprecedented media attention, escalating public opposition, and scathing criticism from elected officials regarding the serious questions that shipping crude by rail has raised.
Lac Megantic was the event that has changed everything for the rail industry. Read more…
It’s the wrong kind of oil.
That’s the message that Canada’s two largest railways, CN and CP, have apparently sent to Canadian canola farmers.
In response to what the farmers are referring to as “dismal” rail service levels, they’ve added their voices to the chorus of dissent from prairie grain farmers in filing a formal complaint to The Canadian Transportation Agency. Read more…