For at least six weeks, thousands of barrels of tar sands oil have been bubbling up into the forest in Cold Lake, Alberta and neither the oil company or government scientists know how to stop the flow.
On July 6, a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and crashed into the downtown of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, causing an explosion that leveled 30 buildings, including a popular bar. Police now estimate that 47 people were killed.
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As firefighters continue to fight the blaze, the explosion has already rekindled the debate over transporting oil by rail or by pipeline. Here's a review of the cause of the debate and why there's no easy solution, but definitely room to improve.
While rail may be considered safer than a pipeline, I don't find that argument compelling when considered in the context of the math of climate change. The debate over rail versus pipelines is the wrong argument to be having.
A must-read article by Mark Hertsgaard in Newsweek reports how BP lied about the size of the oil disaster and the danger posed to its workers, the public and the environment. It is a cautionary tale for victims of all oil spills.