Watching Government: Oil-by-rail safety inquiries

Railroads and their regulators on both sides of the Canadian-US border continued to address oil-by-rail transportation safety issues nearly a month after an incident with 72 crude-bearing tank cars near Lac-Megantic in Quebec on July 6. An apparently unattended Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway freight train with 72 Bakken crude-bearing tanker cars headed for an eastern Canadian refinery lost control early that morning and derailed, causing explosions and a fire that took 47 lives and extensively damaged property. Canada's Transportation Safety Board completed its on-site inspection on Aug. 1, and its investigation moved into the examination and analysis phase. Next steps include ana...

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