Where the Oil Goes, What It Does, How It Moves (ie: Dangerously)

Abby Zimet

Rail traffic is set to restart Wednesday in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, five months after the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil killed 47 people, spilled six million liters of oil and destroyed the downtown. The restart comes amidst ongoing, disturbing revelations: Investigators say more, more explosive, and mislabelled oil spilled than was originally thought,  clean-up crews say much of the oil is still not under control, and critics note that oil companies in both Canada and the U.S. are increasingly using rail to move their dangerous freight. North Dakota, one of the country’s biggest oil producers, expects to move up to 90% of its crude by rail this year; it currently produces almost a million barrels a day, more than the projected capacity of Keystone. An in-depth report on the Lac-Mégantic clean-up in The Toronto Star, meanwhile, tracks the ever-widening repercussions of the spill, a "toxic villain that, even now, is on the move." Think Progress likewise documents the 45 fossil fuel disasters of the year you may or may not know about. Their sensible conclusion: This is insane.


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