June 12, 2006

Alberta Environment charges CN in connection with Lake Wabamun spill

EDMONTON, ALTA-Alberta Environment has laid charges against Canadian National Railway (CN) in connection with the train derailment and spill at Wabamun Lake last summer. A total of 43 CN railcars went off the tracks beside Lake Wabamun on August 3, 2005, spilling thousands of litres of Bunker C oil and pole treating oil into the lake. Alberta Environment has charged CN, under section 112 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, with failing to take all reasonable measures to remedy and confine a spill. If convicted, the company faces a maximum penalty of $500,000. Immediately after the spill, Alberta Environment issued CN an environmental protection order directing the company clean up the spill, initiate long-term environmental planning and monitoring of the area and communicate to the public. The department continues to monitor CN's cleanup of the spill site, the lake and the shoreline.

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