About 30 buildings were destroyed and 60 people are believed to be missing, but the force of the fire has prevented rescue workers from searching for survivors.
Sixty missing and scores feared dead as runaway train carrying hundreds of tons of oil derails and explodes in fireball in Canadian town center
By JESSICA JERREAT
PUBLISHED: 09:40 EST, 6 July 2013
There are shocking photos and video at the link. It’s way past time to put fossil fuels behind us. Remember, industry will continually try to “lower the bar.”
This might be a good time to mention another item from the industry PSYOPS conference.
My notes from the PSYOPS conference:
43:43 Question from moderator: Bar is set so high by the public. “Energy production is a contact sport. It’s like going to a football game and not expecting–ever–a player to be left on the field, pardon me, but a graphic hit. Add to that, it’s a combustible sport, that’s why we want the energy–because it catches fire—and I’m wondering if there’s anything we can do with that context, any way to draw analogy of it so as to lower the bar and associate it with mistakes. It’s a physics based reality that mistakes happen and … be able to hear that. So any thoughts on context in providing the realities associated with human error and other forces that cause mistakes and getting the facts out there almost lessening the demoninator.”
Translation: How can we lower the bar and make it okay that we blow people up sometimes?
How much lower can the bar go?
Update: This is hard to watch.
Some additional information to answer a few of the questions in the comments.
We are exporting crude to Canada and our export regulations allow this. Refineries in Quebec City and New Brunswick are running both Bakken and Eagle Ford crude as it is cheaper than light crudes from the Middle East and Africa.
From Bloomberg: Tanker Carrying Bakken Oil to Canadian Refinery Runs Aground
By Dan Murtaugh & Eliot Caroom – Dec 21, 2012
The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway train derailed early Saturday morning, causing explosions and a fire that officials say killed at least 13 people, forced the evacuation of 2,000 residents and destroyed about 30 buildings. In addition, about 50 people remain unaccounted for. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/lac-megantic-residents-to-be-allowed-to-return-home-tuesday/article13086475/
Given the intensity of the fire and the heat — which razed 30 buildings and, according to some witnesses, could be felt kilometres away — it’s possible people were completely vapourized in the explosions, said Geneviève Guilbault, a spokesperson for the Quebec coroner’s office who was on site Sunday.