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Post Number: 29
Registered: 06-2010

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

News report:

"CN Rail has confirmed that five of the 35 tanker cars that derailed are in Makami River, which is part of the Mattagami River System. The train was 94 cars long and all were tanker cars carrying crude oil from Alberta."

This does not sound good for the watersheds around Temagami.
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Post Number: 1676
Registered: 02-2004

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2015 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

The focus is on the pipelines, but this is the third derailment in northern Ontario, THIS YEAR. It was only 2 km from the village of Gogama.
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Post Number: 373
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 1:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The CNR line is not on any of the Temagami watersheds, but crosses hundreds of creeks and rivers on its way from Alberta. The Mattagami flows to James Bay via the Missinaibi and Moose Rivers. Over the height of land south of Gogama, the CNR closely follows the Vermilion River for dozens of kilometers, a river which flows through Sudbury before eventually entering the Spanish River and Lake Huron.
Would a pipeline be a "better" choice? Depends on where THAT blows up or ruptures and for how long...

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