Song­sters come out for Lac-Megantic

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

Dany Flan­ders will be singing his heart out for the vic­tims of the Lac-Megantic train disas­ter tonight, along with pop­u­lar French lan­guage per­form­ers Rick Hughes, Amylie, Hugo Lapointe (Eric Lapointe’s brother), and An­dreanne A. Malette. Ra­dio host Yves Pa­que­tte will an­i­mate the fundraiser which is tak­ing place at the Vieux Clocher de Ma­gog, be­gin­ning at 8:00 pm.

The Que­bec en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment has just re­leased a pre­lim­i­nary re­port on the disas­ter that in­cludes some shock­ing fig­ures. 5.6 mil­lion litres of crude oil spilled at the time of the ac­ci­dent, much of it burn­ing in the en­su­ing fire and ex­plo­sion. Sev­eral hun­dred thou­sand litres spilled into the soil and the town’s sewer sys­tem which must be com­pletely re­placed. More than 100,000 litres of oil spilled into the Chaudiere River and into Lake Megantic. About 31 hectares of land has been con­tam­i­nated and oil was car­ried 120 kilo­me­tres down the Chaudiere River.

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