Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

View article in its entirety at the Toronto Star. — Author: Bruce Campbell The Lac-Mégantic oil train derailment on July 6, 2013 was the worst industrial disaster on Canadian soil in over a century: 47 people killed; 26 children orphaned; the town centre incinerated; an unprecedented six million litre spill of toxic shale oil; ongoing environmental, … Continue reading Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

Bruce Campbell: Lac-Mégantic Update

For those still following the Lac-Mégantic saga, you may be aware that Canadian Pacific (CP) took over the Central Maine and Québec Railway (CMQR), which in turn had taken it over from the defunct Montreal, Maine, and Atlantic Railway (MMA), and which many years prior had belonged to CP. CP is still in court fighting the civil … Continue reading Bruce Campbell: Lac-Mégantic Update

The Auditor General’s 2021 Report on Rail Safety: Another Groundhog Day

View article in its entirety at National Newswatch. — Author: Bruce Campbell Last Thursday [February 25] the Auditor General [AG] released a series of reports, including the lack of government supports to ensure safe drinking water for indigenous communities, and mismanagement of the government’s shipbuilding plan. Receiving much less attention was its report on rail safety, the … Continue reading The Auditor General’s 2021 Report on Rail Safety: Another Groundhog Day

5 Ways Norway Leads and Canada Lags on Climate Action

View article in its entirety at The Conversation. — Author: Bruce Campbell As major oil and gas producers and exporters, Norway and Canada share a particular responsibility for confronting the planet’s existential climate threat. However, their different political, economic and cultural features have resulted in major differences in their climate policy track records. Overall, Norway is a … Continue reading 5 Ways Norway Leads and Canada Lags on Climate Action

EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

This Month, NWSOFA will feature a discussion on railroad transportation of dangerous goods including oil trains and other hazardous goods transported through our rails, roads, and air. Moderator Gerri Songer will host: • Bruce Campbell (formerly with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives)• Investigative Journalist Justin Mikulka • Railroad Workers United representatives Fritz Edler, Mark Burrows, and … Continue reading EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – Oil Trains: Are Profits Worth Our Risk?

Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

View article in its entirety at the National Observer. — Author: Bruce S. Cambell July 6, 2020, is the seventh anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster, which killed 47 people and orphaned 26 children, spilled an unprecedented six million litres of explosive Bakken shale oil, and incinerated the centre of this Québec town. It was … Continue reading Have the lessons of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic train disaster been learned?

Railways report more accidents with dangerous goods

View article in its entirety at Winnipeg Free Press. — Author:  Dylan Robertson OTTAWA — The number of rail accidents involving dangerous goods more than doubled in Canada in 2018. There were 25 accidents involving dangerous goods in 2018, involving one death, according to Transport Canada data published Monday. There were 11 accidents recorded a year … Continue reading Railways report more accidents with dangerous goods

Network for Responsible Public Policy

Fossil fuels, depending on where they are extracted, may need to travel across long distances. There are real risks associated with the transportation of fossil fuels, whether by train, truck, or boat, all have histories of spills, explosions, fatalities, and damage. New Jersey needs to end dependence on fossil fuels and move to renewable energy. … Continue reading Network for Responsible Public Policy

Disasters Foretold: Boeing 737 Max 8 and Lac-Mégantic

View article in its entirety at National Newswatch. — Author: Bruce Campbell The Boeing 737 Max 8 crashes—Lion Air in Indonesia in October 2018 and five months later, Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa —killed 346 including 18 Canadians. Comparisons with the July 6, 2013 Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster reveal a predictable pattern. A runaway oil … Continue reading Disasters Foretold: Boeing 737 Max 8 and Lac-Mégantic