'Geriatric Joe' Oliver thinks trains daily shuttling a million barrels of Athabasca dilbit to the B.C. coast is a dandy idea.
Oh, sure, he's heard about some dustup in Lac Megantic but that was a freak accident. Hey, if it happened a half mile up-track or a half mile down-track maybe not so many people would have been incinerated. Freak accident. Can't be helped.
Okie Dokie, Joe, how about one closer to home? Admittedly a much smaller train, vastly smaller than what you have in mind to criss-cross British Columbia's mountainous wilderness, but still.
A CN Rail train carrying liquefied petroleum gas and crude oil has derailed and exploded about 80 kilometres west of Edmonton, prompting an evacuation in the tiny community of Gainford.
Parkland County Emergency Services says it received a call about the accident involving a westbound train around 1 a.m. MT Saturday.
The Transportation Safety Board says 13 cars — four carrying petroleum crude oil and nine carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) — left the tracks along Highway 16 and Range Road 61.
Seems like you don't know your ass from your pie hole about hauling massive amounts of highly lethal dilbit by rail, Joe.