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On Oil Train Safety, the Railroad Industry Needs to Lead, Or It Might Be Pushed Out of the Way

Response crews for the West Virginia train derailment continue to monitor the burning of the derailed rail cars near Mount Carbon next to the Kanawha River, Feb. 18, 2015. The West Virginia Train Derailment Unified Command continues to work with federal, state and local agencies on the response efforts for the train derailment that occurred near Mount Carbon, Feb. 15, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Angie Vallier)

I have been puzzling about how long it has been – more than 650 days – since the Quebec oil train explosion accident, with little substantive progress in making the transport of these trains safer.

Is it too explosive to handle? Are the trains too dangerous at any speed? Is it not worth the market effort, as some suggest? I’m still wondering about both the economics and the safety issues, and worrying about the safety of emergency first responders like my uncle and grandfather.

What’s missing in the railroad industry today?

Someone who says “the buck stops here!”

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