Que­bec as­sess­ment agency re­leases Lac Me­gan­tic pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions re­port

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

Que­bec’s en­vi­ron­men­tal review agency says the ma­jor­ity of Lac-Me­gan­tic res­i­dents ap­pear to favour keep­ing the rail­way track in the town. The agency re­leased a re­port to­day on pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions held be­tween May and July. The de­bate over a rail by­pass has raged since a train car­ry­ing crude oil de­railed and ex­ploded in July 2013, killing 47 peo­ple and wip­ing out much of Lac-Me­gan­tic’s down­town core.

The agency says res­i­dents need to be bet­ter in­formed about the con­se­quences of keep­ing the cur­rent rail­way track as is.

It is also high­light­ing one of the three rail by­pass op­tions on the table, which the agency says also de­serves to be con­sid­ered more fully be­cause of the en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­nomic ben­e­fits. The town of Lac-Me­gan­tic has re­jected the idea of the sta­tus quo.

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