Sunday, December 15, 2013

Canada to Designate Crude Oil as Highly Dangerous

Train cars are pictured on the site of the train wreck in Lac Megantic, July 16, 2013. (Credit: Reuters/Ryan Remiorz/Pool) Click to enlarge.
The Canadian federal government will, for the first time, designate crude oil a highly dangerous substance and introduce tougher safety and testing measures for shipping oil by rail, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt has told The Globe and Mail.

The fundamental shift, in response to mounting concerns about crude safety, comes after a Globe investigation detailed how the oil that exploded in Lac-M├ęgantic, Que., last summer was far more dangerous than regulators and shippers considered. The investigation found that numerous warning signs about the volatility, corrosiveness and content of the crude were ignored before the disaster.

Canada to Designate Crude Oil as Highly Dangerous

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