Montreal In Danger?
by gabriel_heuvelink on January 23, 2014 - 5:42pm
In the article “Montreal prepared for incident involving crude oil, official says” published in the Montreal Gazette by Monique Beaudin on January 7th, 2014, the safety of rail lines transporting crude oil through the city of Montreal is questioned after the tragic events that transpired last July at Lac-Mégantic. Bakken crude is a type of oil that is extremely flammable and highly explosive, this is the same oil that was in the train derailment at Lac-Mégantic. It will now be travelling through Montreal by rail at higher volumes, as will all types of oil, with refineries in the east-end of Montreal and Lévis receiving more shipments of black gold.
Municipalities and city councils across Canada are requesting more and more reports of what dangerous materials are passing through their borders from rail companies, Montreal’s Centre de Securité Civile head, Louis Bradette insists that they will not change the way they do things, because they already have a response system in place in case of accidents involving crude oil. However, he did say that more information sharing is required between rail companies and emergency services, especially with major rail transport hubs such as Montreal.
Clearly, something has to be done about the way that crude oil is transported by rail not only on the island of Montreal, but also in all of North America. Furthermore, Montreal residents concerned about the apparent lack of change in the city’s emergency response system should voice their discontent with their local council members in order to avoid a Lac-Mégantic-esque situation happening in such a densely populated area such as Montreal.