New rail way safety procedures

by sophiaroseglt on January 25, 2014 - 8:33am


 Canada, U.S. transportation safety boards unite to demand 3 key rail safety changes written by Charmaine Noronha for the Associated Press we are enlighten by the new safety measures that will be put in place after the tragic events of July 2013 at Lac-Mégantic that ended up killing 47. Since 2009 there has been more than three times more rail way delivery of crude oil in Canada. This results in more railroad traveling of flammable liquids but there hasn’t been an adaptation to those rapidly changing circumstances. Although the DOT-111 carts have been flagged for security reasons since the 1990, they are still today the most commonly used cars for crude oil.

                An obvious solution that could be put into action due to the after math of the tragedy would be to reinforce the safety regulations. As recognized in the article we would need a better regulation of the class 111 carts, a better analysis of the routs the carts are using, and have better emergency response assistance plans. But those actions are what the Canadian Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board recommends, how can one individual help? As citizens of Canada it is possible to take action. We need to put much more pressure transportation safety agencies to strengthen their safety regulations by doing manifestations and by signing petitions. By uniting ourselves against big corporations who take advantages of us. This will also help prevent other tragedies like the one that happened in northern New Brunswick on January 6th, 2014.


To read more on the New Brunswick accident or the Lac-Mégantic disaster please follow the links to the Montreal Gazette articles that have inspired this news summary. 




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