June 28, 2004

CP Rail charged in connection with glycol spill following seven-car derailment

PORT COQUITLAM, BC-Canadian Pacific Railways was recently charged with two counts of spilling glycol, an ingredient commonly used in anti-freeze, into Burrard Inlet, in violation of subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act. Environment Canada laid the charges in May following its investigation of an incident in February 2003 when a CPR train derailed at Pacific Coast Terminals in Port Moody, BC. The charges allege that two of the seven derailed cars leaked glycol into a nearby ditch and eventually into Burrard Inlet. The total volume of the spill was estimated at between 14,000 and 16,000 U.S. gallons of glycol. More information is available from John Dyck of Environment Canada's Pacific region office, 604/666-3647.
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