Canada agency recommending sturdier oil-by-rail cars - newspaper

OTTAWA Thu Jan 23, 2014 9:52am EST

OTTAWA Jan 23 (Reuters) - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will recommend sturdier tank cars for carrying crude oil by rail, after examining the July 6 derailment at Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people, the Globe and Mail said on Thursday.

The oil that exploded in that disaster was carried in DOT-111 cars. Since 2011, new DOT-111 cars have been built to safer standards, but tens of thousands of older ones remain in service. The U.S. and Canadian governments are considering whether to force shippers to retrofit them or phase them out.

The federal safety agency, which does not have the power to impose regulations, will be making recommendations at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) stemming from Lac-Megantic.

The newspaper said the board would also recommend that railways analyze the risks associated with using specific rail routes to move flammable and combustible crude, with the possibility of selecting safer routes outside some cities.

The Lac-Megantic disaster involved the more flammable Bakken oil from North Dakota.

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