Hunter Harrison, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.’s chief govt officer, said his finest fear in moving crude by rail is the possibility of a terrorist assault on the organization’s trains.
“That’s what issues me extra because it is able to be planned to do the worst viable damage,” Harrison told reporters after a speech in Toronto.
Canadian and U.S. transportation regulators are drafting more difficult requirements for oil tank cars as record volumes of the commodity are moving across the continent from oil fields in Western Canada and the U.S. New regulation turned into triggered by means of the explosion in Lac Megantic, Quebec, in 2013 that killed 47 human beings.
There were recent incidents too. ultimate month, a CSX Corp. teach sporting crude derailed and exploded in West Virginia quickly after a derailed Canadian country wide Railway Co. teach caught fire close to Gogama, Ontario.
CP has taken “quantum leaps” to lessen spills by using enhancing the first-class of the rail motors it runs and the routes they take to make certain they run through much less populated regions, Harrison said. The organisation has attempted to move crude shipments out of important facilities, like Chicago, as a whole lot as feasible.
Harrison said if a third celebration or a terrorist decided to target the trains although it would be difficult to guard towards.
“It’s a serious situation that we need to address,” he stated, adding that it is tough to get the ones modifications completed in a well timed style in Ottawa and Washington.
CP team of workers is being educated within the meantime how fine to react as first responders and to paintings with nearby authorities.
The Canadian government is overhauling its protection rules for crude oil shipments, creating a catastrophe fund and requiring railways to carry as tons as C$1 billion ($800 million) in coverage, relying at the volume and type of dangerous items being carried, amongst different safety measures.
Harrison said he agreed with the federal Transportation protection Board conclusion remaining month that the contemporary rail automobile wellknown carried out after the Lac Megantic disaster won't cross a ways enough. The board noted at some point of its research into the CN derailment close to Gogama on Feb. 14 that the derailed vehicles worried within the blaze complied with the cutting-edge requirements.
“I think that it’s verified that some of the effects have not labored the way they need to,” Harrison stated.
Harrison changed into appointed CEO after a proxy conflict led by means of bill Ackman. He has given that overhauled the employer’s operations and improved profitability. The stocks have climbed more than 2 hundred percent in view that his appointment.
Harrison has additionally been advocating for further consolidation inside the rail enterprise in current months. CP mentioned protecting exploratory talks approximately a probable enterprise aggregate with CSX earlier than those discussions broke off closing October.
He said he didn’t consider CP could be concerned in any consolidation anytime soon.