OTTAWA, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister
of Transport, acted to further enhance safety in the transportation of
dangerous goods by directing that a protective direction be issued
requiring any person who imports or transports crude oil to conduct
classification tests on crude oil.
"As the Speech from the Throne reiterated yesterday, our government
remains committed to taking action to protect public safety, and we
will take targeted action to increase the safety of the transportation
of dangerous goods," said Minister Raitt. "We are continuing to do that
today with the issuance of this protective direction."
Effective immediately, any person who imports or transports crude oil
Conduct classification testing of any crude oil being classified as UN
1267 or UN 1993, which has not undergone classification testing since
July 7, 2013;
Make those tests results available to Transport Canada upon request;
Update their Safety Data Sheets and immediately provide them to
Transport Canada's Canadian Transport Emergency Centre; and
Until such testing is completed, ship all such crude oil as Class 3
Flammable Liquid Packing Group I, when shipping by rail.
Transport Canada continues to work in cooperation with the
Transportation Safety Board as it conducts its investigation into the
tragic accident in Lac-Mégantic. Transport Canada is building upon the
safety advisories received from the Transportation Safety Board and is
further enhancing the safety of railway operations and dangerous goods
transportation in Canada.
The Transport Canada investigation following the accident in
Lac-Mégantic is ongoing. Any person who imports, handles, offers for
transport or transports dangerous goods must comply with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, its regulations and standards.
Oil and gas are routinely shipped safely across the country every day.
There are over 30 million shipments of dangerous goods every year in
Canada with 99.999 percent of them reaching their destinations without
incident. Railway safety and transportation of dangerous goods
regulations exist to ensure the safety and protection of the public.
The protective direction was issued pursuant to section 32 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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