July 11, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Quebec oil-train wreck
Will this happen again?
Years ago, when I was stationed in Guam, one of my collateral duties was that of hazardous spill response team leader. [“Oil-train fire adds to state’s concerns,” page one, July 11.]
During one of our training sessions we were shown newsreel footage of a burning-liquid enclosed vessel explosion that occurred after a train derailment. What most stuck in my mind was how, in an instant, almost everything in view was instantly destroyed when a burning tank car exploded.
The contents were certainly even more volatile than crude oil, but the scene in Quebec was very reminiscent of that film from long ago. The question today is, how often are we prepared to see such an event replayed in our own neighborhood?
Thomas Munyon, Marysville
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