Canada Transportation Act Review
Read the full REVIEW HERE.
For consideration by the CTA Review Panel
Prepared by Safe Rail Communities
According to the Railway Association of Canada, the number of rail cars carrying crude oil across Canada has increased from 500 in 2009 to an estimated 140,000 in 2014. This is an increase of 28,000%, an increase that has not gone unnoticed in rail communities across the country.
This significant surge in the transport by rail of crude oil raises concerns about its impact on rail communities in regards to air quality, noise levels, speed of rail traffic, and potential for disaster on the scale of Lac-Mégantic. In its August 2014 final report on this tragic rail disaster, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada confirms that this increase in oil by rail constitutes a significant change in operation for railways, changing their risk profile and requiring a robust formal assessment of risk.
This submission to the Review Panel of the Canada Transportation Act will consider limits of the current act as it relates to rail, as well as address broader concerns related to rail safety.
Safe Rail Communities is a non-partisan community organization advocating
Link to the CTA Review website HERE.
Link to Safe Rail Communities website HERE.