Derailment and the pipeline debate

Lac Mégantic Derailment:Toronto Star

The Lac Mégantic disaster broadens the question of how to move crude to markets.

Pipeline capacity around the country is squeezed and approving and building new lines is a contentious and slow process.
Meanwhile, the increasing use of rail lines to move crude has drawn comparatively little attention and sparked virtually no debate about permitting.

“’There are a lot of risks [to the rail transport of crude] and we tend to get complacent about them as time goes on and we don’t have a major incident,’ said Warren Mabee, who teaches at Queen’s University.”

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