Derailment and the pipeline debate
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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