Derailment cleanup to take weeks

Duane Hicks

The cause of a 14-railcar derailment near Barwick last Friday is still under investigation, with the clean-up expected to take several weeks, according to a CN spokesperson.
CN crews, including senior officers in operations, environment and dangerous goods, remain on site and are progressing with the clean-up.
As previously reported, a total of 14 cars on the eastbound mixed freight train derailed around 5 p.m. Friday, including cars carrying grain and cars carrying combustible liquid.
One derailed car carrying combustible liquid leaked product.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change reported the car is estimated to have spilled approximately 10,000-12,000 gallons of petroleum distillates.
“The safety of Ontarians and the protection of our environment is our number one priority. We are relieved that no one was injured in this incident,” said Lucas Malinowski, spokesperson for the Office of the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.
“The transportation of dangerous goods, including oil, is the responsibility of the federal government,” he added.
“We have repeatedly called on them to do more to improve rail safety and regulations to better protect our citizens, communities and the environment,” noted Malinowski.
The spill is not expected to threaten surface waters, including the Rainy River.
The leak was stopped Friday night.
A fire started near the site on Saturday. A source reports that it was caused by sparks from a chop saw used to cut a broken rail.
The Nordbord mill was shut down Friday and about 60 Barwick residences were evacuated due to the derailment and spill.
The Emo-La Vallee Arena was set up as an emergency shelter.
Local emergency response officials lifted the evacuation order Saturday.