June 05, 2006 09:32 ET

CN cleaning up, containing petroleum products spilled in Quebec derailment

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 5, 2006) - CN said today it is collecting and vacuuming gasoline and diesel products that leaked into the Riviere du Loup after a train derailment June 4 on the railway's Joliette Subdivision near Charette, Que., in the Mauricie Region, about 140 kilometres northeast of Montreal. CN is also employing river booms to contain the spread of the products in the river.

CN flew over the river this morning to evaluate the spill's impact on shorelines; it will also explore the effect of the petroleum products on fish habitat and the river's shorelines.

CN is also vacuuming petroleum products that leaked on-land in the vicinity of the derailment, and is drilling soil samples to assess the degree of contamination in the area. CN is working closely with environmental officials from the Quebec and federal governments.

An estimated 200,000 litres of petroleum products spilled from four tank cars after the accident, of which an estimated 100,000 litres of product entered the Riviere du Loup.

No one was injured in the accident in which 14 cars of a 141-car freight train derailed at about 12.35 p.m. yesterday. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

CN immediately advised Environment Canada and the Quebec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks following the derailment.

The freight train had originated in Toronto and was destined for Arvida, Que.

Canadian National Railway Company spans Canada and mid-America, from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Gulf of Mexico, serving the ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the key cities of Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Memphis, St. Louis, and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America.

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