Pipeline Protests Cripple Canadian Railways
February 14, 2020
Protests against a natural gas pipeline are crippling Canada’s railways—key economic arteries in the sprawling, trade-dependent nation—and prompting cries of “insanity” and “ecoterrorism” from business leaders.
Canadian National Railway Co., the country’s largest rail provider, has canceled 400 trains in the past week and said on Thursday that it will shut down its operations in Eastern Canada, possibly leading to temporary layoffs. Via Rail, which operates passenger train service across the nation, is canceling all services effective immediately.
The cancellations mark the most severe fallout yet from protests that have spread across Canada in recent days, disrupting shipments of oil, grain, propane, lumber and consumer goods. Environmental and indigenous-rights activists are blockading rail lines, ports and other infrastructure to show solidarity with portions of the Wet’suwet’en Nation that are protesting construction of TC Energy Corp.’s planned C$6.6 billion ($5 billion) Coastal GasLink pipeline through their territory in British Columbia.
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Source: American Journal of Transportation; Bloomberg
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