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CN's Crude Oil-By-Rail Plan Increases Risk of Spills, Fatalities, Say Opponents

Feb 1, 2013
(Canadian Press)

Opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline are threatening to turn their sights on CN Rail, as at least one Alberta oil company explores the possibility of transporting oilsands crude to the B.C. coast by rail car.

Sixteen environmental groups signed a letter sent to Canadian National CEO Claude Mongeau this week to express opposition to any plans to ship product from the Alberta oilsands west by rail.

"Unfortunately, ... there are far greater fatality, injury and environmental risks when transporting crude oil by rail than by pipeline," the letter said.