Monday, May 25, 2009

 

CN to pay $1.8-million for derailments in BC & Alberta

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By Scott Simpson
Vancouver Sun - May 25, 2009


CN Rail will pay $1.8 million in fines for environmental damage as a result of derailments in British Columbia and Alberta in 2005, the railway announced Monday.

CN pleaded guilty to charges under the Fisheries Act, and will pay $400,000 as a consequence of a derailment that wiped out fish populations in the Cheakamus River near Squamish when caustic soda spilled into the river from an overturned freight car.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada gets $350,000 of that fine, for programs promoting the conservation of fish and fish habitat in B.C.

Most of the money, $1.4 million, goes to similar programs in Alberta, reflecting the greater magnitude of a derailment and oil spill at Wabamun Lake ...

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Read more HERE and HERE and HERE.

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Comments:
"CN pleaded guilty to charges under the Fisheries Act, and will pay $400,000 as a consequence of a derailment that wiped out fish populations in the Cheakamus River near Squamish when caustic soda spilled into the river from an overturned freight car.
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I was just watching CBC TeeVee coverage of this, especially the BC portion. They estimate this killed one half million fish or 500,000 fish. So the going rate is less than one dollar per fish, would that I could buy wild salmon say at the store for 80 cents a fish.

Of course I would also love to get waterfront land for a dollar, even if I had to despoil it somehow first. It's obvious I'm not playin either the real estate or shopping for dinner game properly, and wish I could learn the secrets of CN!

And the devastation at that lake in Alberta was so much worse, just how and why? And how many fish lived in that particular lake, and what kind, just curious here! I've rarely seen a prairie "lake" that was worth 10 feet of a relatively unspoiled British Columbia fish-bearing stream, especially one with spawning ocean going fish! No offense to fans of prairie "lakes" intended!
 
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