Three former employees of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd. were acquitted on charges related to a July 2013 derailment of a 73-car train carrying crude oil that resulted in the deaths of 47 people in Lac-Megantic in eastern Quebec. Following more than a week of deliberations, a jury found the train's conductor and two other men not guilty of criminal negligence, according to reports. The train had been carrying oil from the western U.S. to a refinery in New Brunswick. In the aftermath of the disaster, both the United States and Canada moved to end crude oil deliveries using legacy DOT-111 railway tank cars.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to auction 484 acres in Arkansas and Ohio’s Wayne National Forest (WNF) on March 22. The BLM Eastern States Office is to offer 345 WNF acres in the Utica Shale hotbeds of Monroe and Noble counties, OH, along with 139 acres in Van Buren and White counties, AR. BLM began auctioning parcels in the WNF in 2016 and has since generated more than $7 million in proceeds. The bureau auctioned 350 acres in the forest last month during its 4Q2017 lease sale. More information on the March auction is available on the BLM’s website.