A new standard was enacted in Canada after a fiery derailment in July, 2013 in the center of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, killed 47 people, but oil trains meeting the new standard continue to derail and catch fire throughout North America.
The set of 120 rules that govern issues including well construction, water testing and buffer zones was developed by the state Mining and Energy Commission over nearly two years and approved in December by a separate state panel.
In a packed courthouse that included the ambassadors of Italy, the U.S. and Germany, prosecutors read out the charges against former head of Sonatrach, Mohammed Meziane, his two sons, and 16 other company officials.
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