La tragédie de Lac-Mégantic – une gestion des risques déficiente by Remi Moreau

The author is reviewing the tragedy of the Quebec small town of Lac-Mégantic, where runaway railroad tank cars filled with dangerous oil and toxic products derailed and exploded over that early Saturday of July 6, 2013, killing 47 people and destroying destroying half of that small city-center.

Days and months after a large portion of the small town of Lac-Mégantic was devastated by a runaway train owned by Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway, based in Hermon, Maine and affiliated with Rail World Inc. (Chicago-based rail management company), a lot risk management questions are surfacing about the long chain of responsibility behind such a huge explosion : the MMA company that owned the train, the causes of the brake failures, the type of the tank cars, the rules the state of the rail tracks, the nature of the petroleum products and their mislabelling and the dangers inherent of transporting oils through cities and towns each day, the environmental risks and the lack of adequate rules and standards about the safety inspection by the federal government.

The author concludes on the necessity to learn proper lessons from that tragedy.

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