Rail Safety
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Safety isn’t the only concern
I wish to thank Hamilton Community News for the comprehensive two-page spread on rail safety, particularly regarding shipments of crude oil through Hamilton, entitled “What’s coming down the track?” as well as the incisive editorial “Making transport by rail much safer.” (Feb. 20)
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What's coming down the track?
As the investigation into the Lac Megantic disaster continues, the transportation of hazardous material by train and emergency response to accidents is never far from the minds of those who live near rail lines. In the aftermath of the deadly derailment, the federal government started to require rail companies to report on the dangerous goods they carry each year. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has also recommended improvements to commonly used tankers which are considered to be unsafe. Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt has until spring to respond to the board’s recommendations. Trains containing oil and other hazardous materials travel through Hamilton’s residential, business and conservation areas more than 20 times a day, and nearby residents want to know what is being done to improve safety and prevent catastrophic incidents. They want to know what is coming down the track.
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Level of rail safety depends on who you ask
A veteran expert on rail transport of dangerous goods who was reviewing the security of Class 111 non-pressurized rail tank cars retired from Transport Canada four months before the Lac Megantic derailment amidst what his union said was an internal restructuring that would have affected his job.
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Hamilton working with CN Rail to create local emergency protocol
Local emergency responders are working closely with CN Rail to establish a Hamilton-specific protocol for rail emergencies involving hazardous material.
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What is Protective Direction No 32?
On Nov. 20, 2013, Transport Canada ordered all rail companies operating in Canada to share information on the nature and volume of dangerous goods to the emergency responders of the municipalities they pass through.
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We Asked...
CN Rail would not provide Hamilton Community News with a copy of the aggregate information report given to the City of Hamilton, detailing the types and volumes of dangerous goods transported through local communities.
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Disaster in Lac Megantic, Quebec
On July 6, 2013, a freight train carrying crude oil derailed in the eastern townships of Quebec, resulting in a fire and the explosion of multiple tank cars. Forty-two people were confirmed dead and 30 buildings in the town’s downtown were destroyed. It was the fourth deadliest train disaster in Canadian history and the deadliest in 150 years.
Making transport by rail much safer
The Lac Megantic disaster was a wake-up call for anyone who lives within sight of a railroad, leaving people asking, “Could something like it happen here?” With over 20 CN freight trains a day rumbling through Hamilton carrying all forms of goods, from steel to chemicals, the answer is an empathic “yes.”
Serious problem threatens safety
As residents of Dundas, we are concerned that the Transportation Safety Board [TSB] reported last week that the DOT 111 crude oil tanker railroad cars are a serious risk and need to be replaced ASAP.
Train disaster could have happened closer to home
The recent Quebec train derailment, which triggered several explosions and a spectacular blaze, remind me of a warning expressed several times in the old Stoney Creek council chambers by veteran and respected councillor, John Copland.
 
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