Rail Safety First advocates for
safe, accountable and transparent rail
through increased government regulation and
enforcement of the rail industry to ensure
public safety is always a top priority.

scroll down to read some
quick facts about the transport of dangerous substances

Oil-by-rail shipments have quietly become a backdoor alternative to pipelines without any public consultation.
Rail accidents involving crude oil
jumped nearly sixteenfold
between 2010 and 2014.

Source: National Geographic

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From only 500 carloads in 2009 to an estimated 340,000 carloads in 2015,
oil train traffic in Canada increased by a whopping 67,000% - the rail companies were hoping nobody would notice.

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Sources:

2009 – 500 carloads [source: Canadian Press]

2013 – 160,000 carloads [source: Transport Canada]

2015 - 340,000 carloads [source: Globe & Mail estimate]

2009 - 2013 Oil Shipments by rail increased 28,000 percent
Toronto Star, July 8, 2013: Read the article

2015 - Crude-by-Rail expected to grow in 2015 despite oil price slump
Calgary Herald, Jan 6, 2015: Read the article

 
 

DOT-111 tank cars
were originally designed in the
1960s to carry vegetable oil.
They now carry many types of
dangerous goods,
mainly Class 3 (flammable liquids)
and Class 8 (corrosives).

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Source: Transportation Safety Board

 

 

 
 

What if a train derailed in your community carrying this deadly cargo?

Petroleum Crude Oil

Petroleum Gases, Liquefied

Sodium Hydroxide Solution

Sulphuric Acid

Diesel Fuel

Propane

Hydrochloric Acid

Molten Sulphur

Chlorine

Gasoline

Anhydrous Ammonia

Methanol

(in order from most to least in terms of total carloads per year)

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 Source: The guide, published by American railroad giant CSX, includes statistics for the U.S., Canada and Mexico in 2012 that are compiled — though not released publicly — by the industry group the American Association of Railroads