The Friday derailment roundup

Derailment after derailment. They just keep happening.

Since early February, there have been at least six train derailments in North America carrying crude from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale. These accidents have sparked increased calls from citizens, the rail industry and lawmakers for the federal government to increase safety regulations.

To keep up with these incidents and new safety regulations, PublicSource provides a roundup of stories every Friday.

 

Nationwide protests of oil trains on two-year anniversary of Lac-Megantic train disaster 

On July 6, 2013, a runaway train hauling Bakken crude plummeted into a small Quebec city, killing 47 people and obliterating several city blocks. This week, about 80 protests were planned across the nation against crude oil trains. Several protesters were arrested near Oakland, Calif., according to MSNBC.

 

A sad memorial in Lac-Megantic

Friends of train disaster victims remember them at a memorial in Lac-Megantic, according to CTV News Montreal.

 

Erie group protests crude oil trains

Protestors held signs that read “Crude Oil Trains = Bomb Trains” and “Bomb Trains = Disaster,” according to the Erie Times-News.

 

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