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Trains and crude oil are too often an accident waiting to happen
Trains and crude oil are too often an accident waiting to happen

The fiery derailment in Virginia recently of a train transporting oil was the latest in a series of alarming accidents involving oil transport in North America in the last year. In 2013, more oil spilled from U.S. trains than in the previous four decades combined — and that doesn't include a Canadian spill that incinerated the downtown core of Lac-Megantic in Quebec last year, killing 47. We can expect such serious accidents to continue if immediate changes are not made. Nationally, the transport of oil by rail is on a steep upward trajectory, largely due to fracking in North Dakota and to drilling in Canada's Alberta tar sands. And much of the oil being transported is...

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