Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Deadly Derailment Adds Heat to Keystone XL, Crude-by-Rail Debates

The fatal weekend derailment of a 73-car oil train in Quebec is adding the heat of disaster politics to the volatile Keystone XL debate, as environmentalists expand their case against fossil-fuel infrastructure beyond pitting rail against pipelines, and industry observers wonder if the continental boom in crude on the tracks will slow down in the wake of the incident.

Derailed rail cars are strewn around the tracks in Lac-M├ęgantic, Quebec, after a deadly explosion Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

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