VIDEO – Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem

'It was apocalyptic. People running and screaming...At one moment I thought we would all explode.'

The aftermath of the devastating Lac-Megantic crude rail explosion in 2013 in Canada. Credit: Screenshot from the Weather Channel documentary, Boom: America's Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem

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On July 6, 2013, a train carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota exploded in the Canadian town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people and incinerating the downtown. Since then, three oil trains have exploded on the U.S. side of the border, where the surge in domestic oil production now  sends millions of trainloads of crude through cities and small towns.  

The Weather Channel and InsideClimate News teamed up to investigate the problem of exploding railcars in “Boom: America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem.” The documentary accompanies an investigation by reporters Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones, who explain why federal regulations to protect the public have been stalled by the railroads and the oil industry.

Boom: North America’s Explosive Oil-By-Rail Problem from Weather Films on Vimeo.