Why Is Transporting Oil So Dangerous?

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Transporting oil by rail has come under scrutiny after the recent explosions near residential communities in Virginia and Ontario. So, how dangerous are oil trains?

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Accidents Surge as Oil Industry Takes the Train
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/business/energy-environment/accidents-surge-as-oil-industry-takes-the-train.html
“Kerry’s Kitchen is where Casselton residents gather for gossip and comfort food, especially the caramel rolls baked fresh every morning.”

Canadian runaway oil train disaster blamed on ‘weak safety culture,’ poor oversight
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/canadian-runaway-train-disaster-blamed-on-weak-safety-culture-poor-oversight/2014/08/19/8ac42280-27b5-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html
“The runaway train that exploded in a small Quebec village last year, killing 47 people, was operated by a small regional railroad that cut corners on safety to save money, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said in its final report on the incident.”

Spilled Oil Keeps Flames Burning After a Train Derailment in West Virginia
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/18/us/west-virginia-train-derailment-dumps-oil-into-river.html
“A train hauling millions of pounds of crude oil that derailed on Monday was still burning Tuesday night as oil poured from the wreckage.”

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