On February 5, 2018, Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Canada Co. (MMA) was found guilty, in the Court of Quebec, of unlawfully depositing or permitting the deposit of crude oil, a deleterious substance, into the Mégantic Lake and the Chaudière River, waters frequented by fish, contrary to the Fisheries Act.
On July 6, 2013, a MMA train carrying 7.7 million litres of petroleum crude oil in 72 tank cars derailed in the centre of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. According to the Transporation Safety Board of Canada, almost all of the 63 derailed tank cars were damaged and breached, quickly releasing 6 million litres of petroleum crude oil.
The fire and blaze destroyed most of the town’s downtown core and left 47 people dead. Another 2,000 people were forced from their homes.
According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, MMA was fined $1,000,000, an amount that will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. The funds will be used to support projects focused on the Mégantic Lake and the Chaudière River, waters which were directly impacted by the spill of crude oil.
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