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Coal train derails near South Hazelton

 

CN coal train derailment near South Hazelton. Skeena Watershed Conservation Alliance Facebook photo
CN coal train derailment near South Hazelton. Skeena Watershed Conservation Alliance Facebook photo

CN is cleaning up after 27 coal cars derailed near South Hazelton late last week.

No one was injured and there were no dangerous goods involved, says Kate Fenske, Manager, Public Affairs – Manitoba and Media Relations for Western Canada in an email to the PG Daily News.

According to a Skeena Watershed Conservation Alliance, coal spilled into Mission Creek, a tributary of the Bulkley right before it confluences with the Skeena at Ksan.

“The process to clean-up the coal from the stream and derailment site is underway and is progressing under the supervision of the BC Ministry of Environment,” Fenske said in the e-mail. “Containment features, such as silt fencing, have been put in place as part of that process to prevent the spread of the coal. Monitoring and testing is ongoing. That information is being shared with the province which is overseeing the clean-up. Wildlife experts and other stakeholders including the First Nation have been engaged as the clean-up progresses. The track reopened Saturday morning and the cause of the incident remains under investigation.”

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