TSB Twitter Chat

Assessment of Transport Canada's response to TSB's 3 Lac-Mégantic investigation recommendations

TSB Chair, Wendy Tadros, took to Twitter on June 18, 2014 to answer questions about the assessment of TC's response to the Lac-Mégantic investigation recommendations. Here is a transcript of that conversation.

Event details

  • Type: Live discussion on Twitter
  • Topic: TSB's 3 Lac-Mégantic investigation recommendations
  • Date: June 18, 2014
  • Time: 10:30-11:30am ET
  • Host: TSB Chair, Wendy Tadros
  • Hashtag: #Megantic3rec
  • Welcome to our Twitter chat! Today's topic: assessment of the response to 3 Mégantic recommandations ow.ly/yb08B #Megantic3rec
  • Q1: What conclusions do you draw from the lab analyses of the contents of the cars?  #Megantic3rec
  • A1: The crude oil was very volatile ow.ly/ydxbX  #Megantic3rec
  • Q2: What is missing in TC's commitments, in particular in relation to R14-02?  #Megantic3rec
  • A2: TC must analyze the threshold to ensure that dangerous goods will be transported safely  #Megantic3rec
  • Q3: But if I understood correctly, it was compliant with the rules, wasn't it?  #Megantic3rec
  • A3: The requirements for route planning and analysis are new ow.ly/ydwN5 #Megantic3rec
  • Q4: How can RRs find new routes for carrying crude when the TSB acknowledged there's fewer alternative routes in Canada than US? #Megantic3rec
  • A4: If no alternate route, then this REC is about lowering risk on existing routes #Megantic3rec
  • Q5: What are some of the tougher tank car standards that the TSB would like to see adopted in Canada? #Megantic3rec
  • A5: Regulators should look at industry proposals supported by AAR for upgraded standards #Megantic3rec
  • Q6: Considering what happened, can TSB assure it is safe to ship oil, esp. since there is a huge increase in oil on trains? #Megantic3rec
  • A6: If fully implemented, our recommendations will reduce the risks of shipping oil by rail #Megantic3rec
  • Q7: Can you please explain how the risks would be reduced? #Megantic3rec
  • A7: Tank cars are part of solution. As important is strategic route planning & analysis for dangerous goods trains #Megantic3rec
  • Q8: Would the thicker shells have dramatically changed the outcome in Mégantic? #Megantic3rec
  • A8: About 30 tank cars had shell punctures and head punctures, thicker shells would have reduced damage #Megantic3rec
  • Q9: Should the public be informed of the routes in which dangerous goods are shipped via rail? Is more transparancy required? #Megantic3rec
  • A9: This is a public policy question that regulators and municipalities are looking at. Not a TSB issue #Megantic3rec
  • Q10: Would the proper indication of the Program [Packing] Group have changed the response to the disaster? Or the routing? Either? #Megantic3rec
  • A10: Maybe not but we are looking at the whole system to make it safer in the future. Proper classification is key #Megantic3rec
  • Q11: Is the amount of inspectors employed by TC to inspect dangerous goods sites adequate to ensure safety standards are met? #Megantic3rec
  • A11: In our ongoing investigation, we are looking at @Transport_gc oversight #Megantic3rec
  • Q12: Should railway companies have the right to refuse transportation solely on the type of good being shipped? #Megantic3rec
  • A12: Railways have common carrier obligations.They must carry what's legally offered.For TSB it's about moving goods safely. #Megantic3rec
  • Q13: Considering the lack of supervision by the engineer will trains carrying dangerous goods require full-time supervision? #Megantic3rec
  • A13: Transport Canada issued new rules for two-person crews on trains carrying dangerous goods ow.ly/ybXGf #Megantic3rec
  • Q14: Yes, but are they required to stay on the trains overnight? With Lac Megantic, problems arose after the crew left.
  • A14: Under certain conditions, trains can be left unattended for up to two hours. Call @Transport_gc for further info #Megantic3rec
  • Q15: Could there be a recommendation that ERAPs are open/open-data accessible so all concerned parties are aware? #Megantic3rec
  • A15: Pleased with response to REC R14-03 on ERAPs. Public release is up to @Transport_gc #Megantic3rec
  • Q16: About your 2nd issue (route planning & analysis), please explain what you mean by “Satisfactory Intent”
  • A16: The planned action, when fully implemented, will reduce or eliminate the safety deficiency ow.ly/ydwAH #Megantic3rec
  • Q17: What are you asking TC to do about the “threshold”? What do you mean by that?
  • A17: That TC ensure that on routes under the threshold, dangerous goods are moved safely #Megantic3rec
  • Thank you for participating in our 1st Twitter chat. A transcript of today's discussion will be available on our website soon #Megantic3rec
  • Refer to the active investigation page for the most up-to-date information ow.ly/yaH8F #Megantic3rec