Today, a “large swath” of Lac-Mégantic, a town in Quebec, was obliterated in explosions caused by crude oil that was being transported through the town. Large amounts of the crude oil also spilled into the Chaudiere River. The oil was being sent to Maine, to be used by Americans to cruise around in their cars and boats.
The crude oil disaster comes on the heels of a series of large oil spills in pipelines across the Canadian west, originating from the Alberta tar sands.
Why, with these kind of disasters associated with Canadian oil, are corporations still pushing for the XL crude oil pipeline to be built across the U.S. midwest? The people and places who are struck by these disasters are devastated, it’s true, but for the oil companies, the catastrophes are just a small cost of doing business, barely impacting their profit margins.