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Damage Control: Oil Train Derailment in Alberta and Gas Fracking … – Center for Research on Globalization
by aanationtalk onOctober 31, 2013389 Views
October 30, 2013
Another oil train derailment and explosion in Canada has sent nearby residents fleeing from their homes in the middle of the night. It happened at 1 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 on a CN Rail line outside the hamlet of Gainford, Alberta, 85 km west of Edmonton.
The accident coincides with new steps by the Canadian government to extend oil and other resource extraction into the Arctic.
The CN Rail derailment at Gainford, Alberta on October 19, 2013.
A portion of a long, mixed-cargo CN Rail train traveling westbound derailed. Nine of the derailed wagons were carrying liquid petroleum gas (propane) and four contained crude oil. Three of the propane wagons exploded into flames. A fourth was breached. The accident closed the adjoining Trans-Canada Highway for days. Fortunately, no lives were lost or serious injuries sustained in the conflagration.