Transport Safety

North Country News
6:30 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Rail Disaster Spurs Debate Over Energy Transport in Region

Photo of a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway locomotive
Credit Flowizm/Flickr

Fifteen people have been confirmed killed and Quebec Police estimate 60 remain missing following the derailment and explosion Saturday of Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway cars carrying crude oil.   The Toronto Globe and Mail reports Quebec officials believe there are grounds for criminal prosecution. That comes as the chairman of the rail company visits the site of the devastation and blames the train engineer.
Two advocacy groups in Vermont are warning that the derailment that incinerated the center of a small city in Quebec’s Eastern Townships shows the dangers of continued use of fossil fuels.

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