This a major accident with fatal consequences, more than 5 victims but the exact number is not yet known.
Fortunately, after appearances, as the Department of Environmental Protection communicated, the smoke from the fire and the crude oil spilled into the Chaudiere River will not impact Maine waters.
The Maine Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the railroad officials are working together to apply the best plan of action.
This accident will reopen discussion about the danger to do rail transport of oil through Maine. Glen
Brand, director of the Sierra Club’s Maine even said: “It reinforces the importance of moving away from dirty fossil fuels that expose the people of northern New England, Maine and Quebec to a host of
In fact, trains carried nearly 5.3 million barrels of oil across Maine last year and this was not the first accident. Three months ago, another oil train derailed in Mattawamkeag but only a little quantity of oil was widespread in the environment. It is expected that environmentalists will be more active now.