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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
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.
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
mainly Class 3 (flammable liquids)
and Class 8 (corrosives).
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
(in order from most to least in terms of total carloads per year)
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