Little info on transporting dangerous goods by rail: report

A Canadian Pacific freight train carrying red flammable liquid signs for petroleum crude oil. MIKE...

A Canadian Pacific freight train carrying red flammable liquid signs for petroleum crude oil. MIKE HENSEN/QMI AGENCY

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:15 PM ET

OTTAWA - There is a "serious" lack of data in Canada on the transportation of dangerous goods by rail, according to highly anticipated reports by rail safety working groups.

Transport Minister Lisa Raitt created the working groups after a crude-carrying train derailed last July in Lac-Megantic, Que., killing 47 people.

She asked the groups, composed of railway and energy companies, unions, and municipal organizations, to make recommendations on rail safety in Canada.

The working groups noted that the "lack of data" available on the rail industry was "a serious constraint in providing retailed risk analysis and recommendations."

The groups recommended the government collect more data including the towns and communities at risk along transportation routes, and the firefighting resources available by geographic area.


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