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What the Lac-Mégantic disaster means to the environment

July 10, 2013

Global News

TORONTO – The train derailment that devastated the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec may have far-reaching consequences for both the people and environment.

The derailment and resulting explosion caused about 100,000 to 200,000 litres of oil to spill into the lake and surrounding ground, raising the question as to how badly affected the communities will be.

Though every oil spill is detrimental to the environment, if there can be any good news, it’s that the oil from the July 6 accident was light crude oil, which makes it easier to clean up than had it been heavier oil. Lighter oil stays on the surface where crews can contain it.

Environment Quebec Assistant Deputy Minister Michel Rousseau said that, so far, the ministry is in control…

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