Wednesday, March 19, 2008

CN charged over Wabumun spill

This environmental disaster took place about 40 yards from my cabin. The concussion nearly knocked my mother out of bed, she was the first on the scene in her housecoat in the predawn hours dialing 911 on her cellphone.
In the aftermath CN was evasive, arrogant and sneaky. Mom and other residents had to blockade the rail line in the face of enraged and blustering CN rentacops to get them to start a cleanup. They tried to diminish, disregard and wheedle local residents into signing their legal rights away. I hope the court nails them to the wall.
EDMONTON - The federal government has laid three charges against CN following a lengthy investigation into the August 2005 derailment at Wabamun Lake that saw hundreds of thousands of litres of oil spilled.
CN is charged with one count under the Migratory Birds Convention Act for allegedly depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds in water frequented by birds, and two charges under the Fisheries Act for the alleged harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat. The company will make its first appearance in provincial court today in connection with the charges laid by Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The accident spilled about 700,000 litres of bunker C fuel oil and 88,000 litres of pole-treating oil into and around the lake, about 60 kilometres west of Edmonton. People living near the spill were evacuated. Oiled birds died and dead fish washed up on shore.

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