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One Year After Lac-Mégantic, We Still Need Better Rail Safety

On Sunday I drove through the village of Nantes, 11 kilometres to the northwest of Lac-Mégantic. This is where the fateful train began its out-of-control journey, a massive weapon rolling inexorably towards the heart of a community. I could see very clearly how the rail bed sloped downwards on its way out of Nantes, allowing the train in question to build up speed from the simple effect of gravity. How could this have been allowed to happen? To put it bluntly: it was a failure to take the proper safety measures to prevent the train from ever moving by itself. It was also a failure to understand the explosive nature of the crude oil being carried by the train.
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Rail vs. Pipeline Is the Wrong Question

Debating the best way to do something we shouldn't be doing in the first place is a sure way to end up in the wrong place. The recent spate of rail accidents and pipeline leaks and spills doesn't provide arguments for one or the other; instead, it indicates that rapidly increasing oil and gas development and shipping ever greater amounts, by any method
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Pipelines Safer Than Rail For This

CALGARY - A report by the Fraser Institute released Tuesday says pipeline is by far the safest way to transport oil when worker injury rates are compared, but it remains unclear which is the safest fr...
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Rail Safety Now 'Top Of The Agenda'

WINNIPEG - Rail safety is expected to dominate the agenda when provincial transportation ministers meet with their federal counterpart for the first time since the deadly train derailment in Quebec.Ma...
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How Harper Failed Us on Rail Safety

We'll never know what might have been, and neither will the residents of Lac-Megantic because the Harper government never mandated the proposed changes. Our attention must turn to the federal government because it has a lot to answer for and more importantly, a lot to do.
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CN, CP Tighten Safety Rules

Canada's two dominant railway operators are tightening their safety standards after the train disaster in Lac-Mégantic that killed dozens of people and devastated the community. Canadian Pacific...
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Rail, Pipeline and Climate Disasters Are Symptoms of Oily Addiction

Like smokers who put off quitting until their health starts to suffer, we're learning what happens when bad habits catch up with us. We're witnessing the terrible effects of fossil fuel addiction every day. Transport accidents are also increasing as governments and industry scramble to get fuels out of the ground and to market as quickly as possible.
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Is B.C. Safe?

A rail disaster in Lac Megantic, Que. that caused deadly explosions have people questioning the safety of oil transport on Canada's west coast. Five people are dead and about 40 remain missing after a...