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Bakken oil shipments of any size need emergency plans, report urges

(Source: Globe and Mail, February 6, 2014)

TORONTO -- Cities, firefighters and industry are calling on Transport Canada to require companies that ship as little as one car of volatile Bakken oil by rail to have detailed emergency response plans.

The recommendation is in a new report commissioned after the devastating accident in Lac-Mégantic, Que., that Canada's Transport Minister Lisa Raitt expects to make public later this week. The report also recommends new emergency plans for ethanol and other highly dangerous flammable liquids, The Globe and Mail has learned. It was written by a Transport Canada advisory group that includes representatives from Canadian municipalities, first responders, railways and the oil industry.

Full story: Globe and Mail

Friday, February 07, 2014

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