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NEWS RELEASE · 6th July 2013
Tar Sands Blockade
In Lac-Mégantic, Québec, over 1,000 people were evacuated with several missing children after a train carrying over 2,000 tons of oil exploded in a sleepy Canadian town. Many residents are feared dead.

Both oil-tanker trains are owned and operated by Montreal Maine & Atlantic (MM Rail). Early reports indicate this is the second time in two years that an oil tanker derailed, spilling massive amounts of toxic oil in the picturesque village.

The train of 73 cars came off the rails just after 1am local time, and it is reported that four tanks full of petrol blew up, sending flames hundreds of feet into the air.

Fire officials said around 30 buildings had been destroyed, both by the initial blasts and by the fire that followed.

Read more about the explosion here including video:

Photo from Québec Provincial Police on twitter.
I agree with Richard...
Comment by maggie jo Johnson on 13th July 2013
Yeah...the rail lines can get into some disarray. The Paris rail tragedy is being blamed on a disconnected rail joint.

My Dad used to work on the railroads when they had to manually patrol the lines checking for anything that could comprise the integrity of the safe passage of trains on the tracks. I guess in this day and age, we're too busy trying to make money money money other than paying attention to public safety. Oh well. It was only a handful of people who died, eh? At least the profits outweigh the tragedy, heh? Ugh.
what if
Comment by richard on 9th July 2013
this was in terrace.something to think about. there are many miles of track in poor shape here to. lose spikes,standing up 2/3 inches ,achors missing,rail connecter plates missing a bolt and are so loose you can turn it with your fingers. rotten ties.these tracks need maintance.if its here it`s right across the dam country, just waiting for a derailment here,i`ll post the pic`s to prove it. no bs. karma, glen campbel,ambastardddd to canada.may you go to hell.
An interesting poll might be...
Comment by maggie jo Johnson on 9th July 2013
An interesting poll might be....which would you prefer: Transporting fuel pipeline underground? Or above ground via rail.

We had a gr8 dialoging argument about that around the dinner table with the kids. And no. This time there were no dinner plates flying around. We remained 'kinda' respectful towards one another while expressing our opinions, cuz I'm tiring of breaking dishes when I slam the dishes into the sink after a political family argument... only to have them break. HA !!! Good times in the family home:)
Trains and trains - two different products
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 8th July 2013
Raw Bitumen does not explode or present a serious threat. Heated and mixed with condensate, that which is imported at Kitimat now, presents a poisonous hazardous chemical toxin.

Dollars to donuts the train had a mix of Condensate (white gas) to thin the oil, and heated, presenting a most dangerous substance.

Ship it cold and raw and we reduce virtually all the hazards.

Hmmm ..
Comment by Ray on 8th July 2013
So Merv do you still think trains are better than a pipeline? No env assessment required.
David blacks refinery
Comment by Terry on 8th July 2013
Is this what he was threatening us all with from Edmonton and all the towns between if he did not get his beloved pipeline ? His ugly quote would have more bite if he would repeat it today . His thoughts are spine chilling to say the least. Today CBC say that likely most of the victims were vaporized .