Saturday, August 04, 2007


CN Rail (formerly B.C. Rail in this section of track) charged over Cheakamus spill


Catherine Rolfsen,
Vancouver Sun - Friday, August 03, 2007

Environment Canada has laid five charges against CN Rail for the environmental impact of the derailment of a freight train in Cheakamus Canyon two years ago.

The charges could result in up to $5 million in fines, said provincial Environment Minister Barry Penner. {Snip} ...

The first court date has been set for October 3 in North Vancouver Provincial Court.

In August 2005, nine rail cars flipped into the canyon north of Squamish, causing 40,000 litres of caustic soda to spill into the Cheakamus River, killing at least 500,000 trout, salmon and other fish. {Snip} ...

CN Rail spokeswoman Kelli Svendsen confirmed the charges were served late Thursday. "We're reviewing the charges," Svendsen said, "but we don't have further comments on the particulars at this time because it's before the courts."

Svendsen said CN Rail has since implemented a "safety action plan," and continues to be involved in mitigating the damage caused to the area and local fish populations.

See also: 1,000-YEAR B.C. RAIL DEAL by Paul Willcocks, reprinted by permission: 7/21/07 on The Legislature Raids.


I could be wrong on the details here Mary. But the Squamish Nation filed a lawsuit for damages on this spill. And I beleive they did it because there had been no action by any governments. I'm unsure if there are any stautes of limitations on this but if there are then I think the government is cutting it pretty close.
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