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TSB chair lauds faster removal of legacy tank cars for crude oil transport


GATINEAU, Que.– The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences, said it is encouraged that the Minister of Transport is expediting the removal of the higher-risk DOT-111 tank cars from use in the transportation of crude oil.

The protective direction announced Monday “is a positive step, and highlights Canadian leadership in terms of action taken to improve tank car safety,” TSB chair Kathy Fox said in a statement.

“We look forward to continued strong action from both the regulator and industry to reduce the risks associated with the transportation of crude oil and other flammable liquids by rail,” she said.

The Board’s recommendations on the safe transportation of flammable liquids by rail that came out of its investigation into the July 2013 Lac-Mégantic accident, and its assessment of Transport Canada’s responses, are available on the TSB website.