What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains

Image: Freight train burning in Lac-Megantic, Quebec Credit: Transportation Safety Board, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 The top oil trade group, which a senior Exxon lobbyist recently described as one of the company’s “whipping boys,” used similar delay tactics to push back against oil-by-rail safety rules. Senior ExxonMobil lobbyists were recently exposed by undercover reporting from UnEarthed, an investigative… Read More What the Exxon Tapes Reveal About the American Petroleum Institute’s Lobbying Tactics on Oil Trains

Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

View article in its entirety at the Toronto Star. — Author: Bruce Campbell The Lac-Mégantic oil train derailment on July 6, 2013 was the worst industrial disaster on Canadian soil in over a century: 47 people killed; 26 children orphaned; the town centre incinerated; an unprecedented six million litre spill of toxic shale oil; ongoing environmental,… Read More Eight years after the Lac-Mégantic disaster the window for a recurrence is still open

ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is conducting a Rail Needs Assessment (https://www.illinoisrailneeds.org) throughout Illinois.  This is an opportunity for you to express your ideas for improving the rail network and concerns regarding rail impacts on our local communities.  The study comes at the heels of a recent merger between Kansas City Southern (KCS) and Canadian National (CN).  The railroad would manage a 20,000-mile… Read More ACTION ALERT: IDOT Seeks Public Input

CP Rail leaves mountain train parked without crew or handbrakes near site of deadly 2019 runaway crash

View article in its entirety at CBC News. — Authors: Dave Seglins, Joseph Loiero Transport Canada says there was ‘immediate threat’ of another disaster WARNING: This story contains language that some readers may find offensive. Canadian Pacific Railway is under fire after leaving a 2.5-kilometre-long grain train parked without handbrakes last month high in the mountains… Read More CP Rail leaves mountain train parked without crew or handbrakes near site of deadly 2019 runaway crash

The Auditor General’s 2021 Report on Rail Safety: Another Groundhog Day

View article in its entirety at National Newswatch. — Author: Bruce Campbell Last Thursday [February 25] the Auditor General [AG] released a series of reports, including the lack of government supports to ensure safe drinking water for indigenous communities, and mismanagement of the government’s shipbuilding plan. Receiving much less attention was its report on rail safety, the… Read More The Auditor General’s 2021 Report on Rail Safety: Another Groundhog Day

5 Ways Norway Leads and Canada Lags on Climate Action

View article in its entirety at The Conversation. — Author: Bruce Campbell As major oil and gas producers and exporters, Norway and Canada share a particular responsibility for confronting the planet’s existential climate threat. However, their different political, economic and cultural features have resulted in major differences in their climate policy track records. Overall, Norway is a… Read More 5 Ways Norway Leads and Canada Lags on Climate Action