Quebec Town Ablaze After Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails, Explodes
Above photo from CTV News.
A 76-car Freight Train carrying crude oil derailed sparking several explosions in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec overnight. It destroyed 30 buildings in the town center. Several people are reported missing, feared dead.
At least four of the train’s cars exploded at 1 AM, sparking a chain reaction. 100 firefighters are on the scene, but the fire continues to burn.The Mayor held back tears as she explained, ”We have deployed all resources to ensure that we can support our citizens.”
Shipments of petroleum by train increased 46 percent in the US during 2012.
Right now permits are being sought at the Port of Vancouver, WA to construct the largest crude oil shipping terminal in the region which would receive trains along the Columbia river carrying about 380,000 barrels per day.
Oil production, largely derived from the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, hit the sharpest spike in decades in the years 2011 and 2012. Concomitant with this increase of oil production is the rise of sexual assault and violence, as oil workers invade small towns looking for a good time. Judging by this “male dystopia,” the jobs-jobs-jobs agenda stinks with the residue of structural misogyny and rape culture.
At the same time, due to the drive to frack oil wells, Texas oil production may double by 2020.
Obama’s climate policy encourages the increase of oil extraction and export, alongside false solutions such as natural gas.