Canadian National’s Main Line Shuts After Crude Cars Derail
Canadian National Railway shut its main line linking western and eastern Canada after an eastbound train carrying crude oil derailed in Ontario.
The train of 100 cars, all carrying crude from Canada’s oil-producing region of Alberta to eastern Canada, derailed just before midnight on 14 February in a remote and wooded area about 30 miles north of Gogama, Ontario, spokesman Patrick Waldron said in an email. About 18 freight trains a day use the line, he said. A total of 29 cars were involved in the incident, and seven caught fire. The remaining 71 cars were moved from the site, Waldron said. Some oil was spilled.
Canadian oil producers have grown dependent on shipping crude by rail as pipeline capacity has become constrained. The shutdown happened as locomotive engineers and conductors walked off the job at Canadian Pacific Railway, the country’s second major rail carrier, in a move that threatens to snarl carload traffic across the country.
“There might be a push for more pipeline infrastructure because the rail system that we have been relying on for a long time, the cracks are starting to show,” Carl Larry, Houston-based director of oil and gas at Frost & Sullivan, said in a telephone interview.