TSB to Update Lac-Megantic Probe amid Growing Concerns about Crude

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board is scheduled to update its investigation looking into the catastrophic Lac-Mégantic train crash on Wednesday morning amid increasing alarm over the type of crude oil in the cars.

Meanwhile, on the other hand, The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration mentioned during a statement on Monday that they have “took the first step in a rulemaking” for the type of tank cars hauling crude on the runaway train that exploded in the Quebec town on July 6. The U.S. Transportation Safety Board boasted of conducting investigations of rail crashes for two decades including the types of tank cars used by the now-bankrupt Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway. Whereas, a conference held of oil producers, shippers and other industry operators held in Houston in March 2013 was specifically called to deal with “the sudden challenge being faced by U.S. petroleum companies who are pumping crude out of the Bakken shale in North Dakota and Montana.” Conference organizers stated that “the companies are having problems shipping the crude to the refineries. The volume has put an enormous strain on the supply of tank cars.”

Upon inquiry by Environment & Energy News  on Monday, about how “did the contents of the rail cars fuel the disaster’s intense explosion and fire,” he explained that “If the Bakken crude that slammed into the small town of Lac-Mégantic is linked to the severity of the resulting damage, the shale oil boom could face stricter transportation regulations.”

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