Rail groups tout safety amid Canadian disaster

Jul 08, 2013 | 04:18 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Lac-Megantic rail accident, derailment, railroad safety, Canadian National Railway, Mark Hallman, Association of American Railroads, crude oil, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Time will tell whether the future of shipping crude oil by railroad will be impacted by the July 6 derailment and explosion of an oil tanker train in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

Canadian news reports have suggested the Canadian government should consider tightening safety standards after the runaway train derailed, leaving at least five people dead and about 40 people missing (amm.com, July 8) .

North American rail companies, however, touted their low-incident performance.
“Railroads have a tremendous safety record for moving hazardous materials, including crude oil,” and 99.9977 percent “of all rail hazmat (hazardous material) shipments reach their destination without a release caused by train accident,” the Association of American Railroads (AAR) said. ....

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