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  • Deadly oil train blast settlement fund tops $200M ahead of filing next month

    12/23/2014 8:57:43 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 4 replies
    Times Colonist ^ | 12-23-2014 | DAVID SHARP
    A proposed settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is nearly halfway to a goal of $500 million in funding commitments ahead of its filing next month, the defunct railroad's bankruptcy trustee said. More than a dozen corporations that face potential liability in the Lac Megantic, Quebec, oil train disaster have agreed to pay over $200 million to the fund and that sum could more than double by the time judges in the U.S. and Canada sign off, bankruptcy trustee Robert Keach told The Associated Press. Keach, the trustee in the Montreal,...
  • Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

    08/20/2014 6:27:56 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 19, 2014 | Associated Press
    The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday. TSB chair Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn’t do proper safety audits. The safety board issued its report 13 months after a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of volatile oil from North Dakota derailed, hurtled down an incline and slammed into...
  • CSX train carrying oil derails in Virginia in fiery blast [enviros prefer this over pipelines]

    04/30/2014 4:00:41 PM PDT · by grundle · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 30, 2014 | Selam Gebrekidan
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A CSX Corp train carrying crude oil derailed and burst into flames in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia on Wednesday, spilling oil into the James River and forcing hundreds to evacuate. CSX said 15 cars on a train traveling from Chicago to Virginia derailed at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Fire erupted on three cars, the company said. Photos and video from the scene showed high flames and a plume of black smoke. It was the second oil-train accident this year for CSX. About two hours after the derailment, CSX said the fire had been extinguished. City officials said there...
  • Rangeley fire chief tells Senate subcommittee people ‘vaporized’ in Quebec rail disaster

    04/13/2014 8:40:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies ^ | April 09, 2014, at 6:25 p.m. | Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff
    The explosion destroyed six city blocks. Several of the 30 burning buildings were incinerated. Many ruptured tanker cars were bunched together like folds in an accordion. Still others, intact, could detonate at any second, and Pellerin could tell that much of the 1.5 million gallons of spilled oil had ignited and poured through the small Quebec town like lava. Canadian firefighters told Pellerin that “they actually saw people step out of their homes and be vaporized by the [burning] oil,” Pellerin told the U.S. Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington on Wednesday
  • Train Carrying Canadian Oil Derails, Leaks In Pennsylvania

    02/13/2014 2:26:42 PM PST · by thackney · 68 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | February 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Dilts & Robert Gibbons
    A 120-car Norfolk Southern Corp train carrying heavy Canadian crude oil derailed and spilled in western Pennsylvania on Thursday, adding to a string of recent accidents that have prompted calls for stronger safety standards. There were no reports of injury or fire after 21 tank cars came off the track and crashed into a nearby industrial building at a bend by the Kiskiminetas River in the town of Vandergrift. Nineteen of the derailed cars were carrying oil, four of which spilled between 3,000 and 4,000 gallons of oil, Norfolk Southern said. The leaks have since been plugged. The two other...
  • Train Carrying Fuel Oil Derails, Spills In Mississippi

    02/01/2014 6:36:58 PM PST · by thackney · 38 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | January 31, 2014 | Therese Apel
    A Canadian National Railway Co train carrying fuel oil and other hazardous materials derailed and was leaking in southeast Mississippi on Friday, forcing the evacuation of nearby residents, officials said. No one was injured in the incident which involved the derailment of 21 railcars, eight of which have spilled their contents, a Canadian National Railway spokesman said. Several of the cars were carrying hazardous materials including fertilizer and methanol, but there was no fire, he said. The accident, the latest in a string of North American train derailments over the past year, occurred in the city limits of New Augusta...
  • Lac-Megantic firefighter who found ex's body committed suicide

    01/24/2014 2:56:15 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 2 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 23, 2014 | NICOLAS LACHANCE, QMI AGENCY
    SHERBROOKE, Que. — Pulling his ex-girlfriend's body from the rubble in Lac-Megantic, Que., led a young fireman to commit suicide, a coroner has ruled. The report, issued this week, follows widespread warnings about the toll that Canada's deadliest railway explosion has taken on support staff. The 25-year-old firefighter, whose name was redacted from the report, was one of the first responders to the train derailment and explosion on July 6. Forty-seven people died in the town near Quebec's border with Maine. Coroner Robert Giguere's report said the young man had only begun working as an apprentice firefighter 10 days earlier....
  • Casselton North Dakota Train Wreck Shows Keystone XL Need

    01/03/2014 6:38:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy Policy: An oil-laden train collides with another and bursts into flames in a small American town, proving why pipelines are safer and why environmentalist opposition to a pipeline from Canada is misguided. Casselton, N.D., had a near brush with tragedy after a train of tank cars carrying crude oil derailed, resulting in fiery explosions and a call from the town's mayor for a re-examination of how such fuel is transported across the United States. The railroad runs right through the middle of Casselton, a town of 2,400 people about 25 miles west of Fargo, and Mayor Ed McConnell said...
  • Stricter oil-by-rail rules needed after another explosion: critics {Casselton}

    01/02/2014 5:28:26 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    VANCOUVER SUN via Calgary Herald ^ | JANUARY 1, 2014 | GORDON HOEKSTRA
    A third major explosion involving Bakken shale oil, in North Dakota on Monday night, is eliciting calls for improved safety regulations in both Canada and the U.S. The safe transport of oil by rail has been highlighted as important to B.C. by municipalities and environmentalists because an increasing amount of oil is being delivered by rail here already. There is also the prospect of a major increase in oil-by-rail shipments through B.C. if controversial pipeline projects proposed to carry bitumen to the west coast don’t materialize or are delayed. In North Dakota, most of the 2,300 residents of the town...
  • Train Derailment West of Casselton [ North Dakota ]

    12/30/2013 1:43:04 PM PST · by george76 · 18 replies
    KVLY ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Ben Holbert
    BREAKING NEWS: A train is derailed west of Casselton, North Dakota. It happened at 35th Street and 154th Avenue Southeast just before 2:20 p.m. Monday. Several area emergency teams are on scene and are setting up an incident command center. A viewer who is about a half mile from the derailment tells Valley News Live she can see large flames. Several train cars are on fire and huge plumes of black smoke can be seen for miles. Emergency crews are urging people to stay inside and a code red alert has been sent out to residents in a two mile...
  • Railway company to stop transporting oil after Lac-Megantic disaster

    08/06/2013 5:46:27 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    THE GAZETTE via the Calagary Herald ^ | AUGUST 6, 2013 | RILEY SPARKS
    Rail traffic may begin running through Lac-Mégantic again this week, but the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway has decided it will stop hauling oil after one of its trains derailed and exploded here last month. “It’s proven to be more trouble than it’s worth, and I guess that’s putting this mildly,” company chairman Ed Burkhardt said on Monday, a month after a runaway MMA train exploded downtown, killing 47 people and levelling much of the town. “We don’t plan to continue with oil transportation. That traffic is going to go other ways, not over our lines,” he said. The train...
  • Railroad in Quebec tragedy files for bankruptcy

    08/08/2013 5:30:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 22 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 7, 2013 | Associated Press
    A rail company whose runaway oil train caused a fire and explosion that killed 47 people in a small town in Canada filed for bankruptcy protection in the U.S. and Canada on Wednesday, and an attorney said he expects company executives to explore putting it up for sale within weeks. In its filings, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. and its Canadian counterpart, Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Canada Co., cited debts to more than 200 creditors following the disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Attorney Peter Flowers, who represents 30 of the victims’ families, accused company Chairman Ed Burkhardt of trying to...
  • Crude trains keep rolling

    08/04/2013 5:34:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 20 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of August 04, 2013 | Gary Park
    Canada’s two big railroads and oil producers are pressing ahead with plans to increase the use steel-wheels-on-steel-rails to move crude even as the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic reels from what can go wrong with a crude-laden train. Canadian Pacific Railway, despite four derailments of trains carrying oil or petroleum products this year, posted a record second-quarter profit, crediting long-haul oil shipments for much of the gain, while Canadian National Railway cited oil transport as a key to its profits for the quarter. But, acknowledging the public and political demand for action, both have tightened their safety procedures for trains...
  • The nub of Lac-Megantic; NTSB estimates cost of $15,000 per car to meet new standards

    07/19/2013 1:37:19 PM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Petroleum News Bakken ^ | Week of July 21, 2013 | Gary Park
    There’s a skeleton in the closet that the crude oil industry would sooner not acknowledge. In the wake of the Quebec rail disaster, which is expected to cost 50 lives and untold billions of dollars in rebuilding, compensation and litigation, the crude-by-rail-or-pipeline debate is raging in backrooms and private conversations. But none of those most closely involved wants to put the issue on the table until there has been a seemly period of grieving and a chance for the 6,000 people of Lac-Megantic to reorder their lives. Moody’s Investors Service, the rating agency, said two-thirds of North Dakota’s Bakken production,...
  • Rail disaster underscores risks in oil transportation

    07/09/2013 8:39:01 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 9, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    A deadly crude oil train disaster in Canada has brought renewed scrutiny to the growing use of rail to carry oil – including hundreds of thousands of barrels in Texas – and prompted worries that the higher volume will mean more accidents. Though rail proponents say moving crude by train is safe, federal regulators and others say that pipelines are safer, a stance that has played a role in the debate over the planned Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Texas coast. And regardless of the relative safety of the two transportation modes, the mere fact that more crude...
  • Lac-Megantic crash could be oil-by-rail’s Exxon Valdez

    07/10/2013 10:47:48 AM PDT · by thackney · 72 replies
    Platts ^ | July 10, 2013 | Melanie Wold
    As the smoke clears (literally) in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, after a runaway train packed with crude oil tankers crashed July 6, the oil industry is coming to terms with a business that has perhaps grown too far too fast. The Lac-Megantic accident is shining an unwelcome spotlight on the lack of regulatory oversight on oil by rail in both the US and Canada. The fact that the rail cars (belonging to the Maine, Montreal & Atlantic rail company) that crashed and exploded were considered unfit to carry hazardous materials sharpens that focus. Getting landlocked crude out of newer fields in North...
  • Engineer at Center of Train Derailment Speaks Out

    07/17/2013 5:00:36 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 16, 2013 | Associated Press|
    The engineer who parked the oil train that rolled away, derailed and exploded in the center of a Quebec town was heard from Tuesday for the first time since the July 6 disaster that killed 50 people, with his lawyer saying he is "devastated."... Lawyer Thomas Walsh said Tom Harding needs time to recover from the shock. Walsh said he hopes to get psychological help for his client, who has been staying at an undisclosed location to stay away from the media. "I used the word 'devastated,' and I think that's one word that's applicable, but he's very, very low,"...
  • Lac-Megantic inferno could boost Keystone XL in pipeline debate

    07/11/2013 11:39:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    The deadly explosion of a derailed train carrying crude oil in the remote town of Lac-Megantic, Que., is likely to spark fresh arguments in the rancorous debate over the safety of the Keystone XL pipeline. "TransCanada and the other pipeline proponents are going to try to use this (accident) to boost their case, but it's a real double-edged sword for them," Keith Steward, the climate and energy co-ordinator at Greenpeace in Toronto, said. "Pipelines and rail both have safety issues and both can be a hell of a lot safer than they are today." The recent boom in oil production...
  • Lac Megantic explosion: Controversies and contradictions amid the despair (LOCOMOTIVES FOUND by LSM)

    07/11/2013 3:50:03 PM PDT · by Paladin2 · 38 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | 7/11/2013 | Rosie DiManno
    Five locomotives, the front end of a death train, sit almost completely hidden on a shabby stretch of track nestled within lakeside bush. A person could pull the stakes out of the rotting and splintered ties with one good yank. Yet this corroded rail line held fast against the wheels of a runaway train’s forward section — the stubby head of the beast — with no engineer at the switch, no human manipulating any of the route. How this severed section of the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railroad freight train got to this location remains a matter of speculation. Officials...
  • Employee 'failed to properly set the brakes' on runaway train that hit Canadian town.....

    07/10/2013 8:25:29 PM PDT · by rawhide · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7-10-13
    The president and CEO of the railway's parent company says an employee failed to properly set the brakes of the train that crashed into a town in Quebec, killing at least 15 people while another 45 remain missing. Edward Burkhardt made the comments during a visit Wednesday to the town that was devastated by the runaway oil train four days ago. 'It was questionable whether hand brakes were put I place at this time,' Burkhardt said. 'I don't think any employees removed brakes. They failed to set the brakes.' 'I think he did something wrong ...We think he applied some...
  • Harrowing video shows Lac-Mégantic’s exploding train disaster as it happened

    07/10/2013 6:53:41 AM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 30 replies
    National Post ^ | 7/9/2013 | Paola Loriggio and Melanie Marquis, National Post Staff
    As flames cover the sky in front of him, Adrien Aubert is clearly incredulous. His amateur video of the Lac-Mégantic explosion shows a town divided by a towering wall of fire. Aubert, who estimates that he is about 200 metres from downtown, narrates the disaster in French, explaining how the various tankers are exploding one by one while peppering in some (understandable, given the circumstances) obscenities in both French and English. ... Raw amateur video from the night of the explosion. Note, there is some (understandable) adult language in both French and English. here
  • 18 minutes of silence: No alert went out as runaway train barrelled into Quebec town

    07/10/2013 5:35:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 15 replies
    Authorities were never made aware that a runaway train was on its way to levelling part of a small Quebec town, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said Tuesday. Rail dispatchers had no chance to intervene during the fateful 18-minute journey because they didn’t know it was happening, TSB investigator Donald Ross told a news conference. “There were no signals nor track circuits, so the rail-traffic controller had no — and would have had no — indication that there had been a runaway train,” he said. Such systems are in place on busier rail lines including the one linking Montreal...
  • Canada oil train disaster a lesson for Keystone XL opponents

    07/09/2013 7:19:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/09/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    American greenies imagine they can save the planet by stopping construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but in the real world they will expose Mother Gaia (and human beings) to greater harm by forcing more oil to be transported by rail. Pipelines are far safer than rail transportation, as we are reminded by the horror that engulfed much of the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec in flames. Thirteen people are known dead, but as many as 50 are missing, while charred bodies still are being pulled from the ruins. This reality should haunt the nightmares of greenies, people generally given to...
  • Report: Railway head says train in Canada tampered with

    07/09/2013 7:43:28 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | 9 Jul 2013
    CNN) -- The chairman of the company whose driverless train barreled into the small Quebec town of Lac-Megantic and unleashed a deadly inferno told a Montreal newspaper he believes it had been tampered with. "We have evidence of this," Ed Burkhardt said in an interview published by the Montreal Gazette. "But this is an item that needs further investigation. We need to talk to some people we believe to have knowledge of this." The company did not immediately return phone calls from CNN about the report. Burkhardt is the chief executive officer and president of Rail World, the parent company...
  • Criminal probe into Canada train disaster

    07/09/2013 5:28:58 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies
    Aljazeera ^ | Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 23:48
    Police open investigation into deadly derailment in Quebec as dozens of bodies remain buried in ruins. At least 15 people were killed and many more went missing after an oil train derailed at a speed of 63mph [EPA] Canadian police have opened a criminal probe into a fatal oil train blast in the town of Lac-Megantic, following claims and counter claims by operators and firefighters over the causes.Police also raised the death toll from Saturday's blast to 15 from 13 on Tuesday and said the total number of dead and missing people was 50.Quebec police inspector Michel Forget told a...
  • Canada Train Wreck Shows Need For Keystone Pipeline

    07/09/2013 4:23:11 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investot's Business Daily ^ | July 9, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    A n oil-laden train not unlike those rolling down American tracks derailed and exploded Saturday in a Canadian town, proving why pipelines are safer and environmentalist opposition to a pipeline from Canada is misguided. At least 13 people were reported dead and 37 missing in the charred Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, 130 miles east of Montreal, after the accident created an inferno of burning crude. Some may never be found, likely vaporized by the sheer intensity of the blaze that burned for 36 hours. Canada's oil boom, due largely to development of the oil sands in its western province of...
  • Insight: How a train ran away and devastated a Canadian town

    07/09/2013 4:43:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 8, 2013 10:06pm | P.J. Huffstutter and Richard Valdmanis
    ...The locomotive caught fire, so firefighters shut off the engine to stop the flames from spreading. That slowly disengaged the air brakes, and the driverless train carrying 72 cars of crude oil rolled downhill into the scenic lakeside town of Lac-Megantic, derailing, exploding and leveling the town center. At least 13 people were killed and some 37 are still missing, according to Canadian police... He secured the train at 11:25 p.m. on Friday, setting the air brakes and hand brakes, according to MMA. Burkhardt said the engineer set the brakes on all five locomotives at the front of the train,...
  • 40 still missing in deadly Canada oil train crash

    07/08/2013 12:50:43 PM PDT · by Islander828 · 45 replies
    Yahoo; AP ^ | 7/8/2013 | Associated Press writer Rob Gillies and Charmaine Noronha contributed from Toronto. James MacPherson
    LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — Hazardous conditions hindered firefighters' attempts Monday to search for some 40 people still missing after a runaway oil tanker train exploded over the weekend, killing at least five people, officials said. Meanwhile, crews worked to contain oil spilling in the Claudiere River which feeds into the St. Lawrence.
  • Tampering alleged in fiery Quebec train crash (With video)

    07/08/2013 7:49:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Windsor Star ^ | Jul 08, 2013 - 10:36 PM EDT | Peggy Curran, Postmedia News
    LAC-MÉGANTIC, Que. — As the confirmed death toll climbed here Monday, the head of the company whose runaway train was at the centre of this tragedy says he is certain a locomotive was tampered with. “We have evidence of this,” said Ed Burkhardt, chairman of The Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway. “But this is an item that needs further investigation. We need to talk to some people we believe have knowledge of this.” ... The ensuing crash and explosions destroyed a stunning swath of the downtown and are now being blamed for 13 confirmed deaths. With the number of people...
  • Hope fading for 40 missing in Quebec train disaster, officials confirm five dead

    07/07/2013 3:19:54 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 71 replies
    National Post ^ | July 7, 2013 | Graeme Hamilton
    LAC-MEGANTIC, Que. — About 40 people are considered missing after the spectacular blaze and explosions that razed much of Lac-Megantic, increasing the likelihood that the number of fatalities could soar from the current official death toll of five. “I can tell you that we have met a lot of people….and what I can tell you is that about 40 people are considered missing,” Quebec provincial police Lt. Michel Brunet told a news conference. “We have to be careful with that number because it could go up or down.” It is the first time police have gone public with an estimate...
  • Train derailment in eastern Quebec sparks explosions, major fire

    07/06/2013 7:45:33 AM PDT · by ToxicMich · 30 replies
    A train carrying crude oil derailed in the town of Lac-Megantic, Que., early Saturday morning, sending giant flames into the air and prompting a mass evacuation. At least 1,000 residents have been evacuated from their homes in Lac-Megantic, which is located about 250 kilometres east of Montreal. A number of the train’s 73 cars exploded, causing a fire that spread to several of buildings in the community.