Transportation of flammable liquids by rail

This video discusses transportation of flammable liquids by rail, which is one of the eight safety issues identified by the Transportation Safety Board as posing the greatest risk to Canadians. To find out more about these safety issues, see the Watchlist 2014.

Transcript of the video

Watchlist 2014 - Transportation of flammable liquids by rail

Crude oil shipments in Canada increased from 500 carloads 6 years ago to about 212,000 carloads in 2014.

The increase in the transportation of flammable liquids by rail, through our towns and through our cities, has created emerging risks that need to be effectively mitigated.

The vulnerability of Class 111 tank cars has been recognized for years.

Commodities posing significant risk, such as flammable liquids, must be shipped in containers that are safe. The sooner the better.

Recent accidents (with photos)

  • Lac-Mégantic, Quebec (July 2013) - R13D0054
  • Plaster Rock, New Brunswick (January 2014) - R14M0002
  • Clair, Saskatchewan (October 2014) - R14W0256
  • Gogama, Ontario (February 2015) - R15H0013
  • Gogama, Ontario (March 2015) - R15H0021

Solutions

Railway companies must:

  • conduct route planning and analysis
  • perform risk assessments
  • ensure that risk-control measures are effective

Plus, flammable liquids must be shipped in more robust tank cars.