“An emergency order requiring trains hauling crude oil and other flammable liquids to slow down as they pass through urban areas and a series of other steps to improve the safety were announced Friday by the Department of Transportation,” reports the AP.
The Obama administration has been under intense pressure from members of Congress as well as state and local officials to ensure the safety of oil trains that traverse the country after leaving the Bakken region of North Dakota.
To get to refineries on the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico, oil shipments travel through more than 400 counties, including major metropolitan areas such as Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle, Chicago, Newark and dozens of other cities.
There have been a series of fiery oil train explosions in the U.S. and Canada in recent years, including one just across the border in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people.
Today’s Question: Is enough being done to protect people from train explosions?