Oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Québec 07-06-2013

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Re: Oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Québec 07-06-2013

Post by oibu » Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:49 pm

I think the point is that the landowner's land value, farm operations, etc. would be impacted simply to accommodate a knee-jerk response that won't prevent future tragedies. Sort of like if after 9-11, they shut down the three major NYC area airports and then the government took land from 100 farmers in Pennsylvania to build a giant new airport with bus connections and forcibly ruled that no one can fly any airplane, helicopter, or drone of any type within 100 miles of NYC. Has nothing to do either way with a lack of sympathy/empathy for the tragedy, OR with prevention of future events. A reaction out of fear and concern might say "yes, do that!", but in practical reality it just further disrupts the masses for little or no actual benefit or prevention.

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Re: Oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Québec 07-06-2013

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:54 pm

The New York Times has an article today which can best be described as "Megantic Plus Six":

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/16/worl ... osion.html

The article is part of a series exploring man-made disasters and steps, both taken and remain to be, to avoid reoccurrence:
.When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see if those promises were kept.

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Re: Oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Québec 07-06-2013

Post by pumpers » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:49 am

The NY Times article notes the bypass mentioned here last year is still on track (pun not intended)

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