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Letter from Cottager Derailment Cleanup at Nora Lake

Posted on: May 22, 2018  |  

Sent May 16, 2018

I am a cottage owner at Nora lake and had my first opportunity to view see the derailment site last weekend on May 11th.

I was surprised to see several waste  bag containers labeled as hazardous waste being nickel cobalt sulphide. Previous media and reports that I had read seemed to indicate that there was no hazardous waste issues associated with the derailment.

Clean up work was ongoing at that time so it would not be fair to categorize CN efforts on remediation of the site, but in my opinion much work needed to continue before it could be considered reasonable.

I have a few questions that I thought someone on the Environment committee could answer  or if not I can redirect these to Sustainable Development.

1) What impacts if any are expected over the long term from the hazardous waste that was on site for the last four months? And would you be aware if there are any risks to water quality from nickel cobalt sulphide?

2) Why is CN allowed to conduct this remediation work with no visible signs of fire suppression equipment at the height of extreme fire risks in the park?

3) At the time I was on site work north of the tracks was underway, south of the tracks CN had cleared a very large area  they had used as a marshaling area to shear the damaged railway cars this entire area is strewn with metal debris will it be cleaned up satisfactorily? Also this area south of the tracks and adjacent to cottage properties has been largely cleared of tress and brush. While I can not say for certain as I do not know the width of the CN right of way , I would suspect that CN exceeded that right of way and cleared an area of bush and forest that was critical in acting as a buffer between the rail operation and recreational use land being cottage lots. This area served as a natural buffer for sound mitigation from train operation, that is now lost to this generation of cottagers, will their be any requirement to reforest the area so next generations may benefit from what we enjoyed prior to the derailment.

I have attached a few pictures that I took while I was there for reference.

Any information you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,

Dan Poersch

Lot 5 Block 4 Nora Lake

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