Activists say that carrying oil on trains leads to far too many explosions, derailments, and disasters.
Years after the Lac-Mégantic? disaster, the Canadian government is only just beginning to do the hard work of making sure that rail transportation of oil is safe.
The US Federal Railroad Administration will continue to require companies to inform emergency responders about oil-by-rail shipments — But the industry says it's a security risk to disclose the information to the public.
According to a report by the Seattle, Washington-based Sightline Institute, one hundred million barrels of oil could pass through the region each day on the way to refineries and export terminals along the coast.
The accident, which forced the evacuation of residents of Heimdal, North Dakota, occurred less than a week after the US government announced new regulations for shipping crude oil by rail.
Despite a string of sometimes deadly explosions, the US Department of Transportation will allow the rail industry to transport crude oil in aging tanker cars for another two years.
The US Department of Transportation has proposed a phase-out of dangerous DOT-111 tanker cars but the new model that will take their place has been involved in a series of explosions over the past month.
The US Department of Transportation predicts 207 total derailments by 2034, including 10 “higher consequence events” causing significant damage and potential fatalities.
An oil train derailment and explosion has occured nearby Charleston, West Virginia and comes a day after an accident in a remote area of northern Ontario.
Environmental groups and rail industry watchdogs worry that US regulators are moving too slowly and too passively in taking aging and accident-prone tanker cars off the nation's railways.
America's favorite investor has invested heavily in moving oil by rail, but he hasn't done enough to address the inherent safety issues.