By ANDREW MAYEDA
Canada will require railways shipping crude oil to use
stronger tank cars and reduce the speed of trains carrying
The Canadian government will ban the least
crash-resistant of tanker cars known as DOT-111s from
carrying dangerous goods, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said
in Ottawa. DOT-111 cars carrying crude or ethanol
that dont meet new
safety standards must be phased out or refitted within three
years, she said.
I am committed to making our country a model of world-
class safety, Raitt said in a statement. The
measures I am announcing today improve the safety of the
railway and transportation of dangerous goods systems from
coast to coast to coast.
The US and Canadian governments have tightened rail safety
rules after crashes involving oil shipments, including the
explosion in Lac-Megantic, Quebec in July, that killed 47
The announcement comes after transportation regulators in the
US and Canada said Jan. 23 that crude oil hauled by rail
needs to be shipped in stronger tank cars and on safer
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada recommended tougher
standards for DOT-111 cars, as well as better route planning
and detailed emergency-response plans in communities where
oil shipments travel, a recommendation Raitt accepted. Her
announcement didnt specify how slowly trains carrying
dangerous goods would be required to travel.
Shipments of oil by rail have increased as growing output
from Canada and the US exceeds pipeline capacity.
A US State Department report in January concluded that
denying TransCanadas Keystone XL pipeline wouldnt
significantly reduce production from Canadas oil sands
because output would reach markets in other ways, including