Canadians, who live along rail corridors, assume serious risks associated with the transport of crude oil and other dangerous goods by rail;
Railway cars, carrying petroleum and other hazardous cargo, pass through urban areas, by residences, schools and hospitals;
We value the lives of our first responders, and recognize the need to provide them with reliable real-time information regarding the transportation of dangerous goods by rail; and
Rail corporations, with profit seeking mandates, in the event of an incident involving the accidental release of dangerous cargo into the environment, cannot be expected to conduct themselves strictly in the interests of the public or the affected environment.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to: 1. Require all railway corporations, by legislation, to provide a copy of its train consists to Transport Canada prior to departure when transporting dangerous goods, in order to ensure that this information is immediately available to First Responders so that, in the event of a serious incident, they may protect themselves, and the affected community, with the appropriate safety equipment and containment methods;
2. Conduct an Environmental Assessment at the site of all incidents involving the release of dangerous cargo, in order to properly assess damages to the environment, mitigate the damages, and oversee environmental restoration to the affected area.
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