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Bouillon Weekly – The Politics of the Pipeline

It probably came as no surprise to most of you that not long after the Lac Megantic tragedy, a pipeline that would carry gas across the province of Quebec has been announced. In some ways this makes sense – in light of a tragedy of this nature, changes impacting security and risk will be made to mitigate future challenge. But is a pipeline really the answer? Trains notwithstanding, Quebec doesn’t want a pipeline, for obvious safety and environmental reasons.  The railway explosion at Megantic was an unprecedented tragedy, and the flurry of train accidents that came in the weeks that follow undoubtedly added to train transit’s current bad rap.

This being said, should this be a question of mode of transportation, or a question of safety regulation? No matter the way oil is transported, somewhere down the line a person will be responsible for ensuring the safety of the cargo. In the case of this train in question, there were factors that should have been considered – the train was said to have a “high risk for incident” and likely to “lose cargo on impact”. So why was this train being used to transport dangerous materials? We don’t know and no one wants to take responsibility for the situation. On Friday the FRA (Federal Railroad Administration) in the USA put forward an emergency order to try and mitigate any issues of safety, they also provided a list of recommended protocols. But it looks like this won’t be enough: the Energy East pipeline is experiencing a real push, and it is undoubtable that the Lac Megantic tragedy played a helping hand.


Is John Kerry’s interest in pursuing  Israel-Palestine conflict a ploy to keep America out of the Syrian hornet’s nest? Read  The Billion Dollar Photo Op: US Involvement in the Middle East by Katherine McNamara. More on America and American relations with the Middle East in American Energy – Past, Present and Future by Adam Templer. How will talks between the US and the EU regarding free trade go in light of recent security scandals? « L’otanisation » tranquille du marché unique  by Pier Alexandre Lemaire. On that note, the Manning trial in detail with Catherine Ador M pour Manning, le soldat de la liberté.

Didn’t agree with Daan Rozebroek’s take on drone warfare? Neither did reader David L.  Check out On the Ethical use of Statistics and Attack Drones for a rebuttal to Condone the Drone, the conversation goes on  with Daan’s response in The Drone Debate Continues. For more by Daan read Why David Cameron and the Coalition will carry the 2015 Election for his insight into David Cameron’s future.

– Meagan Potier

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About meagan.potier

Student of World Religions and Political Science at McGill University. Meagan joined The Political Bouillon last year in hopes of being able to keep writing and editing, as well as foster her interests in international politics. As Managing Editor. Through her position she helps the Bouillon evolve into stronger and more comprehensive publication that embodies the myriad of opinions and perspectives it represents.

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