Quebec police expect more deaths after oil train derailment kills at least 1

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  • Updated: July 6, 2013 - 10:30 PM

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — Fires continued burning late Saturday nearly 24 hours after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town's center and killed at least one person. Police said they expected the death toll to increase.

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mouthwashJul. 6, 13 1:50 PM

I thought crude oil didn't explode. Only refined oil.

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eddie55431Jul. 6, 13 2:47 PM

And our government is blocking the Keystone pipeline, which forces the oil to travel via rail through our country and towns....just like this. Think that would be happening if Obama's buddy Warren Buffet didn't own the trains that are transporting the oil in the US?

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supervon2Jul. 6, 13 3:04 PM

It was probably from breaking gas lines on properties that set the crude on fire. Crude does not explode. It does make the story more sensational and easier to sell to the more easily swayed by marginal truth.

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rshacklefordJul. 6, 13 6:22 PM

(eddie55431 wrote): "And our government is blocking the Keystone pipeline, which forces the oil to travel via rail through our country and towns....just like this. Think that would be happening if Obama's buddy Warren Buffet didn't own the trains that are transporting the oil in the US?" ---- And a completely indefensible and massive oil pipeline running across the entire Ogallala Aquifer would be a better solution? I mean, hey, why contaminate a neighborhood or small town when some evil-doer could wreck the entire midwest's water supply for both people and farming?

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gopher68Jul. 6, 1310:51 PM

rshackleford, got any stats to back up the safety of transporting crude via pipeline versus train?

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jcinmnJul. 7, 13 7:19 AM

eddie55431 "And our government is blocking the Keystone pipeline, which forces the oil to travel via rail through our country and towns....just like this. Think that would be happening if Obama's buddy Warren Buffet didn't own the trains that are transporting the oil in the US" This crude is not form the Alberta tar sands. Tar from Alberta is thick, viscous and does not flow unless it is diluted with petroleum distillates or heated. This oil contained flammable components that can be ignited during a train wreck.

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jcinmnJul. 7, 13 7:24 AM

gopher68 "rshackleford, got any stats to back up the safety of transporting crude via pipeline versus train?" Cruise the archives looking for oil spills from the Alaska pipeline, the pipeline in mIchigan, the pipeline in Arkansas, etc. The last petroleum distillates train wreck that i can remember happened in the 90's outside of Superior WI involving a BN shipment of Benzene. There have been many involving anhydrous ammonia and other hazardous chemicals but none involving crude oil.

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