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

  • Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).
Discussion of present-day CM&Q operations, as well as discussion of predecessors Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway (MMA) and Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (BAR).

Moderator: MEC407

  by oibu
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.
  by Gilbert B Norman
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.
  by Jeff Smith
Bypass moving forward: https://www.progressiverailroading.com/ ... ays--60608
The feasibility study conduced by infrastructure AECOM will be completed soon, allowing the plans and specifications phase to begin this summer;
Public Services and Procurement Canada is continuing the and acquisition process despite the pandemic and slowdown in services;
Transport Canada is working with the Waban-Aki and Huron-Wendat First Nations, who have expressed their interest in participating in the archaeological studies;
Transport Canada, in collaboration with the Ministere des Transports du Quebec and other partners, is incorporating environmental measures into the project; and
Many additional studies have been conducted in recent months, particularly on the birdlife, to ensure that the project complies with the federal Species at Risk Act.
  by NHV 669
Getting closer....

https://www.railwayage.com/freight/cana ... aign=36285
"This agreement in principle will allow both parties to prepare the deed of sale,” said Transport Canada, adding that it “is fully committed to the bypass project and the entire route that has been identified to permanently get trains out of downtown This is an important project for the community, the Government of Canada, and the families of the 47 victims of the tragedy. The Government of Canada is working with the Government of Quebec, the City of Lac-Mégantic and the municipalities of Frontenac and Nantes to complete this project, which will benefit the community.”

Land parcel acquisitions for the bypass, which will be built, owned and operated by Canadian Pacific, are expected to be finalized over the next few months.
  by BlueFlag
The necessary paperwork has been signed to begin preparatory work for bypass construction, but court challenges continue.

https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews ... ic-bypass/

Two key agreements to allow work to begin on the bypass to reroute rail traffic out of downtown Lac-Mégantic have been signed, Canadian Transport Minister Pablo Rodriguez said Friday, setting the stage for the first work to move forward more than a decade after the derailment and fire that killed 47 people.
A Transport Canada press release says the federal government and City of Lac-Mégantic have signed a contribution agreement will allow the city to carry out preparatory work for bypass construction .. [O]pponents are seeking an injunction to stop the project; a hearing on that request is set for later this month.
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