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Picture taken from a Sûreté du Québec helicopter of Lac-Mégantic, the day of the derailment (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

The safe transport of hydrocarbons is a huge concern in the wake of the Lac-Mégantic derailment.

A report with findings from a Canadian government-initiated investigation will be released this week.

It will discuss and recommend alternatives for energy transport.

The derailment in the town of Lac-Mégantic in Quebec on July 6 killed more than 45 people and destroyed 30 buildings. An unattended 74-car freight train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. About half of the downtown area of the town was destroyed in the initial explosion, which reportedly had a 1 km blast radius.

Among the alternatives studied are pipeline, tanker, and rail (with enhanced safety).

Grant Mitchell, part of the government-appointed committee studying the disaster and lessons learned, said: We anticipate and we hope that government will accept some of our recommendations which I believe — and I think most people will see — are very, very specific and very powerful. We think this is a timely report and, certainly in the context of the pipeline debate and Lac Megantic, it will probably have a heightened profile in the interest it receives.

Source: o.canada.com