Terrace Rail Safety

Hillary Johnson

Some northwest residents are concerned about potential safety hazards as more fossil fuels are transported by rail through their communities, on the way to the proposed Vopak terminal and others.

Northwest Watch member Anne Hill spoke about those concerns to Terrace City Council Monday night.

"Another really big concern is that all of our emergency services in Terrace are located within evacuation zones. So if there were a rail disaster the evacuation zones are the hospital, ambulance, police, city hall and search and rescue and Transport Canada says that preparedness and emergency response is the responsibility of the city."

Vopak is one of the biggest fuel storage companies in the world and is proposing to ship large volumes of fossil fuels to Prince Rupert.The company wants to construct a bulk liquid petroleum export facility on Ridley Island.

Hill says that could result in an additional 240 rail cars per day of diesel, methanol and propane travelling along the C-N rail line. In addition to Vopak, Altagas is also building a propane export facility on Ridley Island, it will add another 50 to 60 rail cars.

Concerned residents feel the increased chance of a derailment is a threat to the safety of the local community and the area's wildlife.

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