An emergency order from the US Transportation Department Wednesday means railroads will now have to let emergency management officials know if they are shipping crude oil through their state.
In New Westminster – which has four railroads running that run through the area – city councillor Chuck Puchmayer says they’ve had a disclosure agreement with the railroads in place since last year, and he’s sure it makes the city safer.
Puchmayer heads up the city’s Railway Advisory Committee, which formed last August, about a month after a crude-carrying train derailed and exploded in Lac-Megantic Quebec, killing 47 people.
“Any disclosure that a local government can have on what dangerous goods move through their city is only a positive thing that can help in the event that their needs to be a quick response.”
He says local government’s need to have a plan ahead of time in case of a catastrophic release of goods being shipped by rail.