All Aboard!! — Legal and Commercial Issues in Transporting Crude by Rail

  • Keith Byblow
  • Dufferin Harper
  • Paul Blyschak
Keywords: Energy Law, Petroleum Law


The transportation of crude oil by rail has undergone significant growth in recent years, driven by a wide variety of actors and internal and external factors. This article surveys the dynamic legal and commercial context in which crude by rail operations occur, as well as the economic and regulatory forces working to keep the area in flux. In particular, these issues are considered in light of the tragedy that befell Lac-Mégantic in July 2013.