Lac-Me­gan­tic hear­ings set for next month

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

Que­bec’s en­vi­ron­men­tal re­view agency will hold pub­lic hear­ings into what to do with rail track in Lac-Me­gan­tic.

Lo­cal res­i­dents have been ask­ing for a track by­pass ever 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. Peo­ple in the town and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties will be able to speak at hear­ings on the var­i­ous pos­si­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the sta­tus quo, an “im­proved” sta­tus quo and three dif­fer­ent by­pass op­tions.

The agency’s man­date will be­gin May 23 and last two months.

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