Deadly train derailment in Quebec carried Bakken crude

[Story updated July 10 with rising death toll, number of missing]

A runaway train carrying crude oil from the Bakken formation derailed early July 6 in Lac Megantic, Que., resulting in fires and explosions that destroyed much of the town, leaving dozens dead or missing, Canadian authorities said.

As of July 10, authorities said at least 15 were dead and 60 were missing.

The train was operated by Montreal Maine & Atlantic Railway Inc. (MMA), a division of Rail World Inc. The train had 72 carloads of crude bound for Irving Oil Ltd.'s refinery in Saint John, NB.

MMA said the train was stopped during a crew rest outside Lac Megantic when the train started to roll, unmanned, about 7 miles before derailing in Lac Megantic, which has a population of 6,000.

MMA said an engineer inspected the train and reported one of the locomotives was running, and that its air brake was engaged. Subsequent to that inspection, the locomotive was shut down, which might have released the brake, said MMA, which is cooperating with an investigation into the incident.

Development of unconventional oil fields in North Dakota and also in Texas during the last 5 years has resulted in more crude oil shipments by rail pending completion of pipelines.

Related Articles

Shell submits revisions to its 2015 Chukchi Sea exploration plan

08/29/2014 Shell Offshore Inc. submitted revisions to its previously approved Chukchi Sea exploration plan on Aug. 28, a spokesman for the company confirmed. ...

BLM announces California oil, gas strategy as CCST issues report

08/29/2014 The US Bureau of Land Management’s California state office announced a comprehensive strategy for its oil and gas program in the state after receiv...

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil futures end trading session higher in New York

08/29/2014

Crude oil futures prices trended upwards Aug. 28, ending the day’s trading session higher, while the ICE contract for Brent retreated.

EIA: US sees lowest pre-Labor Day gasoline prices in 4 years

08/29/2014 US retail prices for regular gasoline averaged $3.45/gal on Aug. 25, which was lowest price on a Monday preceding the Labor Day holiday in the US s...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected