US, Canada Transportation Chiefs to Meet Thursday on Oil Train Safety

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Eddie Scher, ForestEthics, 415-815-7027

US, Canada Transportation Chiefs to Meet Thursday on Oil Train Safety

OTTAWA - US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt are scheduled to meet in Ottawa on Thursday, December 18, to discuss ways to harmonize safety regulations for trains hauling crude oil according to a report byReutersnewswire.

Todd Paglia, ForestEthics executive director, released the following statement:

"Canada is far ahead of the US on oil train safety. In two and half years Canada’s plan to ban DOT-111 tank cars, the most dangerous cars on the tracks, could take effect. Under the US Department of Transportation’s draft rules the rail industry won’t even have begun removing DOT-111s by then.

“Canadians understand how dangerous oil trains can be. DOT-111 tank cars are prone to puncture, spills, and explosions; that’s what the US National Transportation Safety Board has said since 1991 and its been proven again and again in accidents on both sides of the border.

“Tens of millions of Americans and Canadians live in the potential oil train blast zone. We don’t need harmony on oil trains, we need safety, and that means taking these obsolete tank cars off the tracks as fast as possible.”

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