The Canadian PressDecember 16, 2013 15:32
CALGARY - Crude oil moved along Canadian railway lines in unprecedented volumes in 2013 as delays in building new pipelines caused oil companies, clamouring to reach the most lucrative markets, to seek out alternative paths.
The crude-by-rail trend had been gathering steam quietly in recent years. But after the disaster in Lac Megantic, Que., it could no longer fly under the radar.
On July 6, an unattended train laden with 7.6 million litres of volatile crude barrelled into the town, setting off an inferno that killed 47 people.