Most of you have seen the accident in Lac Megantic. It's terrible. A lot of peoples lost their live over there.
People around here (Province of Quebec, Canada), want to know the cause of this accident. Peoples are calling out for someone to blame. The company in charge of the train has been doing one of the worst public relation work I have ever seen. The president is maybe one of the best in the train business, but he's a stupid man when he has to face something like that accident.
I know, a lot of people will say that the company (MMA for Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway) has been negligent and are responsible for all of it.
Me, I see things a little larger. In the last decades, the need for petrol has grown all over America. And that need ask for more traffic of petrol. MMA has only been answering the needs. They have followed the low security standard of the Federal Government of Canada. In reality, they provided the minimum requested and nothing more. Why? Because they wanted to make money! Is making money the only things that a business should care about? Maybe not... They knew that those train on those old railroad were dangerous. But they chose to take the risk and go on with it. The president said in his second of third comment that he was OK to pay the tickets that MMA would get about that accident. There's too much money to make, he know that he will make 100 times the price of the tickets as soon as he would get his train back on the track again. He even have already found a second railroad to bring the trains around
Another things, in my city Quebec City, we have the most highway per population in north America. In my city, we love cars. There's a lot of cars here. Our need for gas is linked directly to that accident. Even if we would like to let all of it on the lap of the president of MMA, we have to take the blame for it too.
We have trade our security for commodity. The next time you'll put gas in your car, think about those 50 peoples who died in a ball of flame last Friday. Next time, it could be your town....