A train carrying Bakken oil crashed in Lac Megantic, Quebec. The train was pulling 72 car loads or approximately 50,000 barrels of oil when it lost control. The train was making its way through Canada in route to a refinery in New Brunswick. An investigation will ensue, but initial reports make it sound as if the air brake was engaged and someone shut down the engine. From there, the train rolled out of control almost seven miles before derailing in Lac Megantic. We've included a video report below:
The death toll now stands at 13, with 50 people still missing.
It's a horrible tragedy and I believe we owe it to ourselves to ask the question whether or not it should be as difficult as it is to build pipelines in the U.S.