– “What Happened in Last Summer’s Oil Train Disaster in Quebec That Killed 47”
“Details of the events leading to last July’s oil train disaster in Lac Mgantic, Quebec, have been made public for the first time. They reinforce an existing portrait of the accident as a perfect storm of corporate malfeasance.”
“Washington state governor Jay Inslee wants the release of certain information and wants guidelines put in place. He has suggested that the railways take the matter to court if they disagree with that course.”
By Roger Annis, Truthout | News Analysis
– “Oil by rail data shows 10-15 trains of Bakken crude move weekly through Thurston County, 11-16 go in Pierce”
“The state Military Department has publicly released oil-trains data from four operators of rail lines that carry the volatile Bakken crude oil from North Dakota and Montana inside Washington state.
The data released on Tuesday included an oil-traffic report from BNSF Railway that shows 10 to 15 unit trains of volatile Bakken crude oil are shipped through Thurston County every week and 11 to 16 such trains pass through Pierce County. A unit train has about 100 tanker cars each carrying about 680 barrels, which makes each train worth about 68,000 barrels of crude, according to the state Department of Ecology.
On Monday, it was disclosed that Tacoma Rail moves three trains of 90 to 120 tanker cars per week – all within Pierce County. The oil may go to U.S. Oil, which operates a refinery near the waterfront,” quoting Brad Shannon in The Olympian.
I was in a conference all day Tuesday in a high-rise Tacoma office tower and noticed the oil tank-car trains moving through downtown and thought of the impending disaster if a Canada-type rail accident happened in Tacoma.
– UPDATE: June 29, 2014
“Oil trains: South Sound first responders try to get grip on what new data mean for safety”
By Brad Shannon in The Olympian.
– UPDATE: July 3, 2014
“On oil trains, state fights for publics right to know”
From The Olympian.