The stakes in the Lac-Mégantic scapegoating trial of Harding and Labrie escalate

Failure to hold the railroads accountable for the conditions they create will be prelude to a resurgence of risky oil shipment practices Costlier and more dangerous crude by rail set to rise again as oil production swells New oilsands megaprojects are set to open and pipeline capacity is at a…

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Over and Over, the Government’s own witnesses prove that Harding and Labrie weren’t the cause of the Lac-Mégantic Wreck

Reckless policies, zero safety culture and the relentless drive for profit first.  These are the GOVERNMENT’S witnesses testifying to these facts.  Testimony still to come will show that the MMA’s standard for handbrakes would not have prevented the wreck and that as many as 26 handbrakes would have been required…

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MMA wasn’t alone in putting Lac-Mégantic and rail workers in danger

American Petroleum Institute Failed to Respond to Concerns of Oil Train Safety On July 29, 2013 Thomas J. Herrmann of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) wrote a letter to Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API). The letter was in response to the oil train disaster…

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Learn about the MMA Locomotive defect that set the stage for the Lac-Mégantic wreck

Post by Jon Flanders, retired rail machinist. “Non standard repair” of the broken out bore housing the cam bearing of the Lac-Mégantic locomotive that caught fire and led to the disaster is the understatement of the century. Take a good look at what the capitalist profits above all mentality looks…

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More Fallout from the Lac-Mégantic Investigation

Irving Oil pleads guilty, fined after probe into 2013 Lac Megantic disaster THE CANADIAN PRESS Published October 26, 2017 – 5:10pm Last Updated October 26, 2017 – 5:55pm SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Irving Oil has been ordered to pay $4 million after pleading guilty to 34 counts stemming from the investigation into the 2013…

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Witness testifies that there were problems with all MMA locomotives but nothing was ever done about it.

Accused engineer Tom Harding wasn’t told of problem with locomotive, Lac-Mégantic trial hears ‘Could I have done something more?’ witness François Daigle says he still asks himself By Alison Brunette, CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2017 5:37 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 24, 2017 5:37 PM ET Former MMA locomotive engineer testified that he…

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MMA Management knew about weight and equipment defect problems and didn’t care

MMA train that derailed and exploded at Lac-Mégantic nearly 3,000 tonnes too heavy, trial hears Former locomotive engineer François Daigle told jury he wasn’t allowed to refuse to move overweight train By Alison Brunette, CBC News Posted: Oct 23, 2017 2:40 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 23, 2017 3:23 PM ET Former MMA engineer…

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MMA officer testifies to great increase in risky operations

Railway safety regulations called into question at Lac-Mégantic trial MMA sent nearly twice as many convoys of crude oil through region in months before disaster, court hears By Alison Brunette, CBC News Posted: Oct 16, 2017 6:19 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 16, 2017 6:19 PM ET Michael Horan, the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic…

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New stakes in the Lac-Mégantic frame up trial

The crucial importance of the Lac-Mégantic rail worker trial now underway is increased. If Harding and Labrie are convicted, it will be seen and used by the rail industry in North America as vindication of their risky practices in handling cargoes like the one in the Lac-Mégantic wreck.  They will…

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