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What it crashed into

He said it appears that the train derailed at the curve and slammed into railroad cars carrying liquid propane. He said a Lac-Megantic resident, a “rail fan” who monitors activity at the yard, told him that he saw four propane cars Friday on the same storage track.Burkholder would not name his source, but said the Lac-Megantic resident had given accurate information about train movements in the past.He said liquid propane is transported under pressure and is more likely than crude oil to create the kind of explosion that destroyed much of downtown Lac-Megantic. Crude oil is not transported under pressure, he said.Burkholder said aerial photographs show that the vast majority of the tank cars carrying oil remain “intact and solid.””Its very clear that the oil train itself didnt crash and blow up,” he said. “Its what it crashed into.”

via Propane suspected in Canada explosions | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.



Criminal investigation into runaway train
July 9, 2013, 23:17
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Investigators say they’ve recovered the “black box” that should help determine what happened before a Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in a Quebec town, killing at least five people.

The train with 72 carloads of crude oil crashed and burst into flames early Saturday near the center of Lac-Megantic, in the southeastern part of the province, forcing the evacuation of 2,000 people, police said. Forty people remain unaccounted for and a criminal investigation is under way.

via Black Box Recovered in Fatal Quebec Oil Train Explosion – Bloomberg.



The Engineer had Finished his Run
July 7, 2013, 11:10
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Okay, this makes a lot more sense. Sorry about the confusion. Still a mystery however.

The cause of the accident was believed to be a runaway train, the railway’s operator said. The president and CEO of Rail World Inc., the parent company of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, said the train had been parked uphill of Lac-Megantic. The tanker cars then sped downhill into the town before derailing.

“If brakes aren’t properly applied on a train, it’s going to run away,” said Edward Burkhardt. “But we think the brakes were properly applied on this train.”

Burkhardt, who was mystified by the disaster, said the train was parked because the engineer had finished his run.

“We’ve had a very good safety record for these 10 years,” he said of the decade-old railroad. “Well, I think we’ve blown it here.”

via Quebec police: 5 dead in oil train derailment – SFGate.



Frozen Rats That Have Thawed For At Least Three Days

No, not Congress.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this month said that Keystone’s proposed route across Nebraska put the endangered American burying beetle at risk. The agency said the black and orange-spotted insect could be spared, and the project move forward, if proper procedure is followed.

That means pipeline builder TransCanada Corp. (TRP) will have to trap and relocate the one-inch beetles, using frozen rats that have thawed for at least three days for maximum pungency, according to detailed protocols U.S. authorities have drawn up to protect the burrowing bug.

via Beetle-Bedeviled Keystone XL Needs Dead Rats to Let It Be – Bloomberg.

Rats are much maligned.



Don’t Worry, It’s Not Oil

I’m sure you’ll be able to sell your house, no problem..

Many photos of Exxon’s Mayflower, Arkansas spill (definitely not oil) via EPA On-site Coordinator website: http://epaosc.org/site/image_list.aspx?site_id=8502

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Canada-US pipeline map

The Pegasus line through Arkansas is spewing its contents into a subdivision.

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The Bottleneck

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Via EIA:

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