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Bringing Oil Into Town

The tragedy at lac Megantic has caused people to be concerned about the transport of oil across Canada. People are trying to regulate the current system to avoid future accidents and the onus is on the rail company that could have been more forthcoming in apologizing to the people of the town first.
This is about an international event since the controlling oil company is American owned and the state of Maine assisted in the cleanup.Since the advent of Lake Megantic, other towns have voiced their concern over the transport of oil in their neighborhoods. Basically Lac Megantic's town center exploded in a ball of fire because unattended, outdated railway cars rolled into town. It was an accident waiting to happen. Government wants to get involved accusing the lack of control as being due to company politics, however government is also made up of people who might just as well look to cut corners in terms of safety and control as the company did. One thing is sure that combustible materials of any sort should not be unattended whether government is involved or not. Here the train company responsible for the transport of flammable material to Lac Megantic and then onto the Maritimes had laid off a second employee while the first went to a hotel to sleep for the night and was then awakened because of the emergency that unfolded. Secondly the cars were seen to be in flames before the accident so there would have been an explosion somewhere anyways. How can such a thing happen in this age of controls and regulations. Then of course the townspeople had no prior knowledge as to the danger of the materials getting into town which is why others have the right to question what is being transported as far as fuel is concerned and to refuse entry through their city centers if there are suspicions. Although train cars have been the favored mode of oil passport the increased use of cars would probably have led to some other form of accident given the increased need for fuel shipments and the growing population. One cannot go to trucks, one says because that will only pluralize the problem and lead to a greater risk of accidents and spills. Maybe we should all go solar once and for all and dump this constant need for fossil fuels. That has been on the mind of ecofriendly people since the advent of the BP pipe break in the Gulf of Mexico that no-one hears about these days. The provincial government has come up with payments for the townspeople while as yet the federal government has not given a dollar figure on any assistance. This is not the way to go for the central government which was keen on building its party base in Quebec.This has been the largest land spill in history as workers are still combing through the debris looking for other remains. There are two people I would like to highlight regarding their reaction to the dilemma: Paul McCartney, giving a concert where victims and their families are allowed to go for free and the owner of the rail company ho would have preferred to work from home rather than to be present and meet the survivors of the explosion. He said he would have been more "productive" away from the tragedy. Two very opposing personalities in my opinion.

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