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The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann
The "red zone" in downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. NCPR File Photo: Brian Mann

NPR: First Responders Unprepared For Another Oil Train Disaster

This week, we've been looking at the aftermath of that deadly train derailment in Quebec that left 47 people dead. The accident in Lac-Megantic one year ago has opened a new debate over the safety of the massive oil-tanker trains that are passing daily through towns here in the North Country.

It's also caused communities across the US to ask whether their fire departments and emergency crews are ready if that kind of train disaster occurred here? As NPR's David Schaper reports, many first responders say they don't have the equipment, the manpower or the training to respond.  Go to full article
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village. Photo: Surete du Quebec
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village. Photo: Surete du Quebec

NPR: critics say oil train reforms haven't kept pace with traffic

Yesterday we heard from Brian Mann reporting in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. That small Canadian town is still recovering from last July's devastating derailment that left 47 people dead.

Rail operators and oil companies say they are making changes to insure public safety here in the US. They also blame regulators for slow progress.

But some critics say bigger changes are needed soon. On Saturday, protestors rallying in Plattsburgh called for a mandatory phase-out of the kind of tank cars that ruptured and exploded in Lac-Megantic.

NPR's Jeff Brady has more on the regulatory debate sparked by last year's deadly crash.  Go to full article

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