Posted on: May 28, 2018 | Environment
May 28, 2018
The following is an update from Kate Fenske, Manager, Manitoba Public Affairs and Western Canada Media Relations regarding the ongoing cleanup of the January 6, 2018 derailment involving 23 cars including three gondola cars carrying nickel sulphide which is a known carcinogen and toxic to aquatic life.
As of last Friday, all tote bags have been removed from the site and crews worked last week to pick-up any remaining scrap metal. They also used a hydrovac to remove any visible residual nickel cobalt sulphide. While crews were working, they had fire suppression equipment on site during each visit and were extra vigilant because of the dry conditions.
There are some rail and ties that still need to be picked up and that is scheduled for early June, but they will get to it earlier if possible. The rocky site complicates the revegetation process but CN is committing to the following activities:
- – Within right of way and along edge, lay grass seed with a covering of straw for weed suppression
- – Outside of right of way and on north side, lay grass seed and straw near tracks and plant seedlings and live staking toward edge of our property and off-property
- – Plant more trees on the south side of the tracks, outside the right of way CN is regularly communicating with the Province and Ministry of Sustainable Development to keep them updated on the clean-up and revegetation plans.