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Lac Megantic One Year Later: What Has Been Done to Prevent Another Tragedy?

Lac Megantic One Year Later: What Has Been Done to Prevent Another Tragedy?

Keith Stewart

One year ago today, I woke up to the images of the fiery crash of an oil train in Lac Megantic, Quebec. At the time, I didn’t know how bad it would turn out to be, but I had a sick feeling in my stomach for a couple of reasons.

I had known intellectually that this could happen because I had begun researching oil-by-rail in early 2013. that I had wrote in the months prior to the Lac Megantic tragedy detailed how safety experts had been warning about the possibility of catastrophic accidents for over 20 years and asked the question: