Lac Megantic Rail Derailment Holocaust Has Locals Wondering If There’s Some Sort Of Pipe The Oil Could Be Transported Through. Like A Line Of Pipes. A “Pipeline,” If You Will

Lac Megantic holocaust

Lac Megantic holocaustLAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec — Street lights melted and heavy rail lines buckled into a 5-foot arch after the explosion of a runaway train in the little Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, where police on Tuesday gave outsiders a first, closely monitored look at the edges of the devastation. “Go in, listen, be silent and understand, and explain to the world what happened here,” Quebec police Lt. Michel Brunet told a small group of journalists who have been reporting on the disaster, which killed 50 people and destroyed the center of this lakeside town near the Maine border. The epicenter of the blast, the “red zone” of about half a square mile, is still considered too dangerous for all but investigators and emergency workers. But even from just outside that central core, the scale of the destruction is clear, with burned-down buildings, mountains of rail-related debris and charred, black, leafless trees. The crash happened early in the morning of July 6, when a runaway train hauling 72 tanker cars of crude oil smashed into the town’s center, derailed and exploded into vast fireballs. Some 37 bodies have so far been recovered and there is no hope that any of those still missing will be found alive after the disaster, which highlighted the risks of moving oil by rail, an increasingly popular option for energy producers that are unable to find space on crowded pipelines to refineries. (read more at Bangor Daily News)