'Bomb Trains' book offers to reveal flaws in how railroads move crude oil

RELATED TOPICS: CRUDE OIL | REGULATION
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ALBANY, N.Y. — A new book promises to "lay out the whole damning history" of moving crude oil by railroad, starting with the tragic wreck and inferno at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, on July 6, 2013.

The book is "Bomb Trains: How Industry Greed and Regulatory Failure Put the Public at Risk" by Justin Mikulka.

Mikulka says he began reporting on Lac-Mégantic from Albany in 2013 and compiled his research from reporting he published to the DeSmog website into the book.

On that website, he says regulators did a good job of pretending to make changes after Lac-Mégantic.

"In practice, however, the oil and rail industries and their lobbyists — along with cooperative regulators and politicians — made protecting industry profits the top priority," Mikulka writes. "The regulatory systems in the U.S. and Canada are so deeply flawed that industry controls the process and prevents the addressing of known risks."

The independently published paperback is available on Amazon for $11.99. The book is 220 pages and was published July 1.
 

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