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  1. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago

    This is very sad, a number of years ago a train derailed in Parkville Mo. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe sent a guy out there just handing out checks. The only agreement was that, at most the money would be a down payment on a final settlement and all the person had to do was sign a form saying as much. This allowed people to start rebuilding their homes and business, which is a lot because Parkville has one of the last down downs where small business owners live in apartments above their shops, this was said to save the rail road millions, while Parkville is even prettier then it was before and that says a lot.

  2. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    While the Canada incident was tragic, and an example of how dangerous shipping hazardous materials is, in the U.S., deregulation has made things far more dangerous. The same applies to all those “nice safe” pipelines for oil and natural gas. The TV lady doesn’t mention the line explosions in Texas and elsewhere that have quite regularly killed people. Sshhhh, fossil fuels (that includes natural gas AND coal) are safe and clean.

  3. jack75287

    jack75287 said, over 3 years ago


    What pipeline explosion, in June no one died, also this year there has been one in China.

    Listen if you want to compare the U.S. with Canada don’t forget to adjust for the 9 times the population we have. If you stop the movement of all hazardous materials, you are talking about laundry detergents, sterilization chemicals used for instruments in hospitals, oil for your car, radiator coolant, pet and human waste sure you don’t want pipes taking that away, the list will never end.

    Last under the current administration there is plenty of regulations and “gasp”, there are still accidents, not just in Texas but Virginia and many others but you know of all those listed there are only a handful of deaths:

  4. Darren Blair

    Darren Blair said, over 3 years ago

    I live in Texas.
    The town where I live is cut in half north/south by a BNSF line (formerly a Santa Fe line).
    In the 20+ years I’ve been here, we’ve not had a single derailment.

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Tell your tykes to run with scissors, reduce your costs for higher education. Regulations don’t have to ban “scissors” to just make using them safer, but if it costs a penny out of a dollar in profit, most American “energy” corporations (any idea how many chemicals we use that are based as well on petroleum?) will fight, or skirt, those regulations.

  6. Cynthia

    Cynthia GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    As you guys know, I am french canadian and I can assure you that Radio-Canada’s camera have been focussed non-stop on Lac Mégantic for the last eight days. For that reason, few quebeckers have even heard about the Zimmerman case.

    Look, I understand that oil is everywhere from detergent, to cast, to plastics, to the cosmetics on our faces but someone has to explain me, one of those days, why the heck you have to turn off your engine at a gas station to put in five bucks of unleaded while a train carrying hundreds of tons of crude can have its engine running all night while nobody is in it!

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago


    As the story goes, while you fill your gas tank, fumes are present. Gasoline does not explode, it’s "fumes’ do (gas to air ratio).

    When metal slides along metal, there is the “possibility” that a “static charge” as the metal of the car may carry a current from the alternator/battery system if there were a short some where. Shut of the key and lessen the chance. That’s what I’ve been told, and it makes enough sense to me that I suppose it could be true. Whatever. I’ve NEVER seen it happen or heard about it happening so……..

    As far as leaving a running unoccupied motor hooked up to an outbound train that is lined and locked for the main……….well, wouldn’t be my first choice

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