Just days after the federal government vowed to increase rail safety in Canada, yet another derailment from CN Rail has left authorities scrambling to clean-up liquefied petroleum gas spilled in Alberta.
Officials performed a controlled burn of the tankers, which exploded during the derailment near Gainford. While no injuries were reported, upwards of 100 residents were evacuated from nearby homes until Sunday evening as a precaution.
The October 19, 2013 train derailment is the third in the last month for CN Rail, which narrowly escaped disaster just three days earlier, when one of its trains derailed in Alberta while transporting anhydrous ammonia, an agricultural fertilizer.
That followed the derailment of 17 CN rail cars, some carrying petroleum, ethanol and chemicals, in western Saskatchewan on September 25, 2013.
The federal government’s recent Speech from the Throne noted that the government has already amended the Railway Safety Act since tragedy struck by rail in Lac-Megantic in July 2013, leaving some 47 people dead.
Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt’s office issued a statement the day of the latest derailment from CN rail. Raitt noted that the government has spent more than $100 million on rail safety and has increased fines for companies that violate safety regulations.
The statement added that Transport Canada is monitoring the situation near Gainsford.
The train was travelling from Edmonton to Vancouver.
Editor's Note: Be sure to check out our Lac-Megantic coverage in the Fall 2013 edition of HazMat Management magazine.