Pipeline or Railway?

When I see a long, long train of tankers carrying crude oil, I have the pipeline vs. railway argument with myself all over again. You can see that this train is in town. It stayed there for days.


Right in the middle of the busy traffic area in town, this train and its load of oil products sat. Maybe it was empty, but I still wouldn’t have wanted to throw in a match.dscn6836a

When I have to stop at a railway crossing for one of these long fuel trains, I hope that this is not the time it will derail and barbecue me.dscn6884aCan you imagine if in the three or four days that this train sat without budging right in the middle of town, something had gone wrong — maybe a second train coming on the wrong track — what a disaster that could be? dscn6842a

I thought of the poor victims at Lac Megantic and wondered if maybe a pipeline really is a better solution. I don’t know, but these trains worry me.

20 thoughts on “Pipeline or Railway?

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      I think I would feel safer parked beside a pipeline than beside one of these monstrous trains. I hadn’t really decided on how I feel until I saw this train sitting right in the middle of town for several days.

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        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          If there’s a leak in a pipeline they can fix it, and even if there is some environmental damage (which would be bad enough) at least you wouldn’t get a volatile situation like part of a town burning up. But there are risks on either side of the problem.

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  1. John

    This train isn’t blocking/cutting the town in two is it? Trains doing that in my little podunk town back home are fined after a certain amount of time. That is the CN, or Canadian National Railway which has a tunnel under the Saint Claire river into Michigan from the Toronto area in Canada.

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    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      No, it’s sitting on an overpass. Or is it an underpass? The cars go underneath. But it is definitely very present, right in the center of town. I’m sure if something happened to one car (like another train on the wrong track), the others would catch fire as well. This is the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. They aren’t blocking access, but the cars contain volatile materials.


  2. Rebekah M

    There’s not one day I don’t think of Lac Megantic. We have hundreds (if not more) of these lined up in the city. The ones in Lac-Megantic were on their way here … to our city, and the big refinery here.

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