Hughes optimistic after briefing and tour of derailment site

White River – White River residents are relieved there has been significant progress cleaning the train derailment that led to an oil spill near that community last week, says Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes met with Mayor and Council Monday before touring the site with CP officials and the team of specialists assembled to deal with the multiple challenges arising from the accident.

“The Mayor and Council indicated that they were satisfied with the progress on the site,” said Hughes. “I was told they’ve had nothing but cooperation from CP and feel the relationship is defined by open lines of communication.”

After visiting the scene, Hughes feels confident that all entities involved are working together to ensure the best resolution from this derailment.

“The site is somewhat remote and the initial work of containment has to be followed by removing the cars which meant building a road to the rail line,” said Hughes. “What I found encouraging was that environmental monitoring was set up immediately.”

Hughes has been in contact with her provincial counterpart, Algoma-Manitoulin MPP, Michael Mantha, since the derailment occurred.

“We share the information we receive so that we can work in an organized way,” said Hughes. “I am confident that this is being handled in a professional manner which gives me hope that the impact will be as minimal as possible in this particular situation.”