Friends of Morice-Bulkley

Are We Safe? Rail Safety Talk with Author Bruce Campbell

January 16, 2019

The volume of petroleum products and petrochemicals shipped by rail through the Skeena watershed is about to sky rocket. What does this mean for the safety of our rivers and our communities?

Friends of Morice-Bulkley and Friends of Wild Salmon are co-hosting a public talk with rail safety expert Bruce Campbell. Bruce is the author of a new book entitled The Lac-Mégantic Rail Disaster and will speak on the risks posed by the dramatic increase in the transportation of dangerous goods by rail. Representatives from the Chicago Creek Community Environmental Enhancement Society will also be on hand to share information regarding the recent coal-train derailment near Hazelton.

Event details:

Wednesday, January 23
The Old Church
Co-sponsored by Friends of Morice Bulkley

There are several proposals on the books that would dramatically increase the transport of dangerous goods by rail through communities and watersheds in north-central and northwestern British Columbia.  The most current one is Vopak Pacific Canada which is a proposed project for bulk storage facilities (AKA tank farm) on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. The proposal would result in the movement of 240 rail cars per day on the CN mainline (through Prince George to Prince Rupert) and 150 tankers on the BC’s north coast and in the Skeena estuary. The proposed liquid petroleum products include diesel, gasoline, methanol, which are both volatile and toxic.

About Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell is the author of three major reports and a number of media commentaries on the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. For his work on Lac-Mégantic, Bruce was awarded a Law Foundation of Ontario Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship and spent 2016 as a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Throughout his career, Bruce has written numerous reports on economic policy, trade and investment, Canada-US-relations, and the political economy of oil. His commentaries have appeared in major newspapers and online news sites across Canada. His previous books include the edited volumes Living with Uncle: Canada-US Relations in an Age of Empire and Medicare: Facts, Myths, Problems & Promise. Bruce is currently Adjunct Professor, York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies, and Senior Fellow, Ryerson University, Centre for Free Expression. He lives in Ottawa.


"Bruce Campbell has carried out meticulous research in many fields to piece together the whole story of a catastrophe-in-the making, and his findings, as reported in this book, will be of interest to readers who value human life, intact communities, and a safe environment.  Much more than a research report, the book is a dramatic read, with no letup in the action from start to finish.”

- Harry Gow, retired criminology teacher at University of Ottawa, is President Emeritus of Transport Action Canada and Chair of the Board of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre