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Monday, 8 July 2013

When a Drink on a Terrace-Bar Leads to Tragedy: Lac Mégantic

It's been a long time since I've been down to Lac Mégantic.  What I remember  is a nice little towan that seemed to have survived the great changes that have gone on this region.  There are several factores, mostly processing wood products, as well as world-renowned astronomical observatory nearby that is surrounded by a provincial park
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The mix allowed a certain cute-ification of the place.  The Le Ariko Resto-Bar, for example, advertised "Cuisine du marché," a nice selection of "affordable wines" and a bar and disco on weekends.  Some of the people enjoying a night out last Friday--a lovely evening--were among those blown away by an unexplainable but almost surely avoidable explosion of rail cars carrying crude oil

There have to be some hard questions asked, among them, why do we need to use so much petroleum.


2 comments:

Martin Langeland said...


Mary:
Perhaps a better question might be: How do we use less?
Some intriguing thoughts at Daily Kos's Sunday Trains tag.
--ml

Mary Soderstrom said...

Yes, that indeed is the question, alas.