"Ed Belkaloul, TSB manager for Eastern Region Rail Operations, said the MM&A train, with 72 cars carrying crude oil, was parked on the main track, and not a siding, in Nantes after it stopped around 11 p.m. Friday.
The engineer secured the train and left. Fifty minutes later, Mr. Belkaloul said, a fire was reported and an employee arrived to the scene to help the fire department. That employee was not the same person as the engineer who had driven the train to Nantes, he said. The locomotive engine was cut off around midnight.
In an interview with The Globe and Mail on Monday, MM&A chairman Edward Burkhardt pointed a finger at the fire department in Nantes, saying he believes the train's air brakes were released because firefighters turned off the engine when they extinguished the fire.
"They went out there by themselves, shut the engine off, doused the fire. A very small fire," he told The Globe from Chicago.
The Nantes fire chief, Patrick Lambert, responded angrily Monday to Mr. Burkhardt’s allegations and said he would “clear this all up” in the coming days.
Donald Ross, the TSB investigator in charge, said the train began rolling down around 12:56 a.m. on Saturday. It moved down a 1.2 degree grade, which in railway terms is steep.
The runaway train rolled for up to 20 minutes, covering a distance of 9.7 kilometres, before jumping the tracks in the downtown of Lac-Mégantic at 1:14 a.m.
The TSB said it would look at operational procedures, including why the train was parked on the main track rather than a siding.
Mr. Belkaloul also noted the tank car models used to carry the fuel were generic tankers that could be used for any liquid load and were not double-hulled or reinforced with shields."
Ezra Levant`s and Sun News terrorism meme has quickly fallen apart, read the above linked story, more importantly read the comments contained within, first off, TSB is perplexed as to why this train was left on the main track, why was it not moved to a side track...Commenters claim MM&A (The rail company) the conductor broke many standard rules, unattended trains should have had manual brakes applied to individual cars, as many as were necessary..As well, after manual brakes were applied the conductor should have released the air brakes, engaged a locomotive to make sure the manual brakes were sufficient to hold the train in place...Also, only recently MM&A rail company got approval for one-man operated trains...And more, after a fire in the left running locomotive rail employees/fire employees should have never left that same locomotive running, it is still unclear as to who shut down the locomotive but it slaps me in the face that a train that was on fire was left on a main track, a track with a heavy slope, with no one present...The company president Edward Burkhardt comes across as a owner more concerned with blaming others for his company`s glaring shortcomings....Ezra Levant`s eco-terrorism insertion into this preventable tragedy is bunk, total bunk, ..Ezra Levant`s promotion of the racist Greg Renouf and his bizarre blanket statements was sad sad and very bad yellow journalism...That is par for the course for tar oil whore for Ezra Levant, ..And since Sun News is almost completely funded by CAPP and the oil companies makes Ezra`s actions even more shameful...Sun News is attempting to turn this preventable tragedy into a right versus left, blame the greenies and throw mud every which way and hope something sticks..
This is a glaring reason, a glaring example of why Sun News Media must never be permitted on all cable channels, it is not mainstream, or fair, or honest, it`s rightwing Conservative propaganda, it`s fear mongering, slander and libel wrapped up in a false flag of patriotism...Yellow journalism personified..
Take a look at the face of an asshole, Ezra Levant, the biggest loser/asshole polluting the airwaves..
I don`t often watch the Sun News channel, here I was flipping through channels at 6:52 pm, July 8th/2013....I stopped on Sun News petroleum pimping channel and caught the last few minutes of Ezra Levant`s show..The Source..
And what I heard blew my mind, there was a tragic accident in Quebec over the weekend as you all know, the death toll is up to 5 confirmed dead and 50 more people unaccounted for, and since the fires are out, most likely these 50 lost souls have perished, my sincere condolences to the families of those perished and to the families of those missing..
Ezra Levant is planting rumours that Environmentalists or Eco-Terrorists caused this tragedy...
My effing gawd, petroleum accidents happen, oil spills, pipeline leaks, human error and the like, waterways and land, thousands of acreas and square miles of water soiled and stained, animals by the million poisoned with oil and petroleum products..
And what do we know of this accident, there was a fire in the locomotive hours earlier, the fire department exstiguished the fire, secured the scene and left, the conductor left the train, there was no one aboard the train, the conductor`s replacement staff were not there to relieve him, the conductor left the railyard and went to a hotel, he left the train running, one of the locomotives was left running, left running for a reason, if the locomotive stopped running the brakes would depressurize..In other words, it was a human error accident, this whole affair is a comedy of errors, safety was and should be the number 1 priority, how could companies officials have allowed this troubled train to be left unattended atop a 10 kilometer hill, just begging to get rolling downhill, and it did...this does not fit well with Ethical oil Ezra Levant`s tar sand pimping agenda, let me be perfectly clear, Sun News has endless petroleum advertisements aired, ads by CAPP and the federal Government, ads promoting the greatness of tar sands, ads promoting pipeline and oil tankers..
How on earth can procedure allow a ticking timebomb to be left unattended, with a locomotive running, and if by chance the locomotive stops running the brakes let go and the trains runs away, runs away unmanned, are you kidding me, imagine leaving a heavy truck parked on a hill with the engine running, and if the engine quits the truck rolls down the hill with no brakes...
How dare that asshole Ezra Levant try and pollute this human error, flawed procedure caused accident on eco-terrorism without a stitch of proof when all fingers point to human error!
Ezra Levant said, I`m paraphrasing here..Ezra Levant said on air, without a stitch of proof, when all fingers point to procedural error combined with human error..Ezra said July 8th/2013 at 6:52ish pm...PST
There is a real possibility this event was caused by eco-terrorists or even regular vandalism..after all, there is plenty of slow-burn eco-terrorists in Canada..
This wasn`t terrorism, this was a train with no employees on it that was improperly parked, a train that was on fire earlier that day, the fire was extinguished by fireman, they secured the scene, they left the train to company employee(s) then left, the train somehow got away, started downhill with no rail company employees on the train, and it crashed, resulting in a massive explosion, scorching fires that vapourized a town, the community will never recover, lost generations, now a ghost ..Everything points to human and procedural error, not terrorism eco or the like...
Ezra asshole Levant is attempting to inject a strawman argument, making up fictional bullshit aimed at infuriating families of the dead and Canadians in general, from coast to coast Ezra Levant is attempting to point fingers at those who care about the Environment, Greenpeace, WWF, Forest Ethics, First Nations and hundreds of thousands of British Columbian`s opposed to Enbridge Gateway pipeline and Kinder Morgan`s proposed expansion..
There are now soft rumors wafting from the train company officials suggesting the brakes "May" have been released, and or the the tracks "may" have been tampered with....What utter bullshit, are we to believe eco-terrorism just happened to occur on a night when there was NO CONDUCTOR ON THE TRAIN, THE CONDUCTOR LEFT AND WENT TO A HOTEL, A LOCOMOTIVE LEFT RUNNING, THE LOCOMOTIVE CAUGHT FIRE, AND IF THE LOCOMOTIVE QUIT RUNNING THE BRAKES WOULD FAIL, TRACK SWITCHING WAS NOT ENGAGED, IF THE CONDUCTOR LEFT THE TRAIN THE SWITCH SHOULD HAVE BEEN TURNED SO THE TRAIN CAN`T RUN AWAY...THESE ACCUSATIONS COMING FROM THE TRAIN COMPANY OFFICIALS WHEN THERE IS NO PROOF, WHEN THE SCENE IS SO SCORCHED AND CHARRED, WHEN ALL FINGERS POINT TO COMPANY AND EMPLOYEE NEGLIGENCE.....EDWARD BURKHARDT NEEDS TO BE JAILED FOR THOSE LUDICROUS COMMENTS.
The company stated that someone could have just wandered by, threw a switch and the train was gone, kaboom, what kind of failsafe procedure is that, maybe a deer or a coyote bumped the switch?, maybe the locomotive THAT WAS EARLIER IN THE NIGHT ON FIRE just shut off, maybe the brakes just failed, without a stitch of proof, when procedures followed were a joke, company officials and the tar sand pimping television station Sun News Media are suggesting foul play, that is sick!..Look at all the evidence pointing to human and procedural error, are we to believe terrorists struck on a night when a tragic comedy of errors were on full display?
How dare you Sun News promote a feeble attempt by the company MM&A to blame someone else, we know this train company will be sued for $millions and millions of dollars...
Here`s a video of Ezra Levant planting eco-terrorism seeds..
Go screw yourself Ezra Levant..
Sun News, you should be ashamed of what your personalities are saying on air, your staff are inciting eco-wars, your staff is fanning the flames, the families are still in mourning and awaiting news of loved ones and asshole Ezra Levant is making up stories and promoting company fiction..No wonder his fat ass has been sued for slander and libel so many times.....A conductorless train, on a train that was ablaze only hours earlier, no staff aboard, no replacement staff on the ready to replace the conductor, did eco-terrorists kidnap the replacement staff, did they force the conductor off the train, did terrorists create the flawed company practices?
Yes indeed, it is a crime scene alright, a crime caused by procedural and human error..
Below is an example of absurdity, of propaganda
And, two can play at that game, right Ezra Levant?...Coincidence, Last Friday, before the disaster in Quebec, Ezra Levant you were talking about eco-terrorism(video linked below), you talked about Wiebo Ludwig, the Rockerfeller foundation, how they are both eco-terrorists, you lumped the Sierra club, Greenpeace and others into the eco-terrorism blanket, ...Maybe it was Sun News that caused the Quebec disaster, maybe you Ezra Levant paid someone to cause the disaster, all to coincide with BC`s false flag terrorism stage play, a rightwing plot to divide sides in the resource movement debate, a federal Conservative plot, Conservatives like Ezra Levant pay to have a train blown-up and cast blame onto eco groups?
That theory is equally absurd, clearly this tragedy was procedural error compounded with human error, and like most of these events, it is the innocent that pay the ultimate price....I would never make those false accusations, just giving Sun News and Ezra Levant a taste of their own medicine...Where was I?
For shame on you rightwing freak media, shame on you Sunnews network!
And more absurdity, Ezra Levant brought on air(July 8th) .....
Only Ezra Levant would bring on air the "freak" known as Greg Renouf, this clown brushes everyone with a broad stroke, let me be clear, Ezra Levant is clearly working for the oil companies, ..Only a pathetic mouthpiece like Ezra Levant would promote Greg Renouf, one quick look at Greg Renouf`s bio and actions and.....
He is a male version, (although less skilled) of Vivian Krauss..
I urge you readers to watch the below video, it`s Ezra Levant interviewing, actually it is Ezra Levant leading the freak Greg Renouf down hate the environmental left road, , the video is shocking, shocking in how it exposes how low Sun News media and Ezra Levant have sunk and slithered....Watch it, be prepared for a shocker....
How on earth could any journalist, writer or ethical person possibly work for or associate with the Sun News network, a television station that has one goal, elect the Conservative party and pimp big oil, they aren`t even subtle with their propaganda, as blunt as being hit in the head with a hammer.. this video is rude and crude in the extreme....Click the below link, watch the video, have vomit bucket at the ready
Here is more on Greg "freak" Renouf.
"The man is a dangerous right-wing reactionary and his accusations often have racist overtones. One very telling example came last March when No One Is Illegal held a march against racism on Commercial Drive in East Vancouver. The march is held yearly against individual and systemic racism, and was being held on Commercial Drive that year because of a string of racist attacks in the area by members of a group named Blood and Honour. Renouf’s response was to attack an organizer from the group for their stance on Diversity of Tactics and charge them with reverse racism because they pointed out the racist implications of authoritarians and pacifists telling people what they could do or not do when they fight against capitalist society with its myriad of oppressions such as racism.
Another good example was when he backed up We Are Change Victoria a right-wing “libertarian” group for a demonstration they organized that had Doug Christie as a speaker. He does not in any way voice opposition to Doug Christie who as a lawyer has a long history of defending fascists, Nazis, and various holocaust deniers. Instead he goes into a redscare-like “beware the bolshivek menace” type rant about an organizer of the counter demonstration.
It is also quite telling his obsession with what he perceives as the left and similarities to the white power movement with its “rock against communism” as a response to “rock against racism” concerts."
You indeed are a slithering piece of slime Ezra Levant, only you would stoop that low, well, add the name Greg Renouf..Two freaks in a pea pod..
(updated here, July 9th/2013)...Now the head of the rail company is blaming the firfefighters for causing the disaster, first we had Ezra Levant blaming imaginary leftwing environmentalist terrorists and now the rail company officials are blaming firefighters...Here are a few quotes..
"The chairman of a rail company at the centre of a devastating blast is accusing firefighters of shutting down the locomotive hours before it rolled into Lac-Mégantic.
Edward Burkhardt, head of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, has been under pressure to explain how an unmanned freight train carrying combustible cargo careened down the track into the small Quebec town and exploded....
Mr. Burkhardt said he believes the train’s air brakes were released because firefighters turned off the engine when they extinguished a fire a few hours before the blast.
“They went out there by themselves, shut the engine off, doused the fire. A very small fire,” he said in an interview with The Globe and Mail on Monday from Chicago.
His comments drew swift reaction from a local fire chief, who rebuffed Mr. Burkhardt’s account and promised to “clear this all up in the next few days.”
Patrick Lambert, the chief, said he could not speak in detail about the crash because of the continuing investigation.
While Mr. Burkhardt faulted firefighters for failing to rouse the train’s engineer after he had parked the train and went to a local hotel, another company representative said the firefighters did contact an MMA dispatcher to report the problem.
Yves Bourdon, who sits on the railway’s board of directors, said firefighters called a dispatcher based in Farnham, Que., to alert him of the trouble when the fire broke out at about 11:30 p.m. The dispatcher then phoned a track-repair worker who went to the scene, Mr. Bourdon said.
The track worker, whom Mr. Bourdon declined to name, travelled to the tracks in Nantes, but was not familiar with how locomotives work and would not have known how to start the engine again if it was shut off."
Full story here..
What is it Ezra Levant? environmental terrorists sabotaged the train? , incompetent firefighters? railway staff who don`t know how to turn on or off a locomotive?
As I posted above, a tragic comedy of errors with zero ties to terrorism, what you have is Ezra Levant and Sun News network flailing away throwing mud every direction hoping something sticks, and we have a railway company that is about to get thier asses sued from here to high heaven,,
You don`t need to be a rocket scientist to know that there had to be procedures in place that prevented a conductor from leaving a train, a train with hazardous flammable rail cars, a train sitting on tracks heading downhill, leaving a locomotive running to keep the brakes charged, no manual brakes applied, and on the main track, no track switching employed...those actions were obviously flawed, rules were clearly broken, protocol not followed...And lastly...
My sincerest condolences to all the families, my home and loved animals were torched and lost to fire a couple of years ago, the mourning never stops, the mental imagery will stay with you a lifetime, I can`t express the words to comfort your tortured souls..Your town will take generations to heal..
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