"Lac Megantic: Environmental Report Details Extent of Contamination"

"There was never doubt that the deadly train derailment in Lac-Mégantic caused an environmental disaster, but a report made public this week by Quebec’s ministry of the environment details the extent of the devastation to the soil, river and lake near the disaster zone."

"An estimated 5.6 million litres of crude oil spilled out of the 72-car train that barrelled into the Quebec town July 6. A significant percentage burned off in the explosion and blaze, but several hundred thousand litres of oil seeped into the soil and Lac-Mégantic’s sewage system.

In all, 31 hectares of land were contaminated."

Wendy Gillis reports for the Toronto Star September 17, 2013.

Source: Toronto Star, 09/18/2013