Tragedy in Lac-mé­gan­tic

Elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives adopt a res­o­lu­tion in the mat­ter of rail­way trans­porta­tion man­age­ment

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In re­sponse to the rail­way ac­ci­dent that oc­curred in Lac-Mé­gan­tic this past July 6, mem­bers of the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil of the City of Ma­gog adopted a res­o­lu­tion with re­gard to rail­way trans­porta­tion man­age­ment dur­ing a spe­cial meet­ing held on July 8. This res­o­lu­tion will be con­firmed dur­ing the pub­lic meet­ing sched­uled for Au­gust 19.

By adopt­ing this res­o­lu­tion, the City of Ma­gog is tak­ing preven­tive ac­tion and is ask­ing pub­lic au­thor­i­ties re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing that busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in the field of rail­way trans­porta­tion, notably Mon­treal, Maine & At­lantic (MMA), to for­ward their pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures to the City. “We are shaken by the tragedy that the com­mu­nity of Lac-Mé­gan­tic is cur­rently go­ing through and wish to take ev­ery pos­si­ble mea­sure to in­flu­ence po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sion-mak­ers and pre­vent such a catas­tro­phe from ever hap­pen­ing again. The adop­tion of this res­o­lu­tion is only a first step in this di­rec­tion,” stated Mrs. Vicki May Hamm, Mayor of the City of Ma­gog. “We re­quest that we be sent the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance plans for the rail­way sys­tem, and that th­ese be fol­lowed to the let­ter in or­der that the trans­porta­tion of haz­ardous prod­ucts, such as crude oil, is car­ried out safely and with an ap­pro­pri­ate emer­gency mea­sures plan that should be sub­ject to fre­quent up­dates. We also re­quest that such plans be filed with our lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal Civil Safety Or­ga­ni­za­tion so that we are able to in­ter­vene and take timely and con­certed ac­tion.”

Down­town Ma­gog, like in many other cities in Québec, is also tra­versed by a rail­way line be­long­ing to MMA. The Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil of Ma­gog hopes that the adop­tion of this res­o­lu­tion is ac­knowl­edged by the au­thor­i­ties and that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

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