Proximity Practices Need to be Practiced
Rail and Reason tracks the 2007 joint Railway Association of Canada – Federation of Canadian Municipalities “Final Report – Proximity Guidelines and Best Practices”, and suggests it’s time for a review of railway proximity issues.
Railroaded couldn’t agree more, especially considering that Cando Contracting Ltd, Canadian National Railway and Imperial Oil just completed construction of a rail yard to store petroleum tank cars right next to homes and two wildlife conservation areas just east of Edmonton. The rail yard was built only 68 metres from our neighbour’s house and only 163 metres from our house. The proximity report provides a 300-metre minimum distance guideline between rail yards and homes because of the significant noise and vibration associated with rail yards. CN’s own proximity policy has also been breached.
Community relations and environmental records of CN, Cando Contracting Ltd. and Imperial Oil are terrible; see many other examples elsewhere at this website.