Mayor concerned about train derailments next to proposed power plant

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 – for immediate release

Mayor concerned about train derailments next to proposed power plant

March 31, 2010 – For immediate release
In light of the derailment of a CN train in Pickering yesterday, Mayor Burton renewed his call for further assessment of the possibility of accidents resulting from the proposed TransCanada power plant being constructed seven metres from a major rail corridor used by CN and GO Transit.

“Thank goodness no one was hurt in the derailment yesterday, but I couldn’t help but think, ‘What if there was a major gas-fired power plant right beside that track?’” Mayor Burton said. “I’m just not convinced all the possible scenarios have been thoroughly explored with regards to the safety of locating the proposed plant so close to a major rail corridor — not only because of the possibility of derailments for unforeseen reasons, but because of the potential for the plume from the plant to cause rails to become slippery from condensation or ice.”

The Mayor will be writing to the Federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities the Honourable John Baird for the second time, as well as the National Transportation Safety Board, to raise the town’s concerns about locating the proposed 900 megawatt gas-fired power plant next to a national and regional rail corridor.

The town pointed to the possibility of a plume from the proposed water-cooled plant having an effect on roads and railways in its vicinity in the town’s response to TransCanada’s draft Environmental Review Report, which was released in January. The town’s full response can be viewed on the Health Protection and Air Quality web page.

“The town continues to ask the provincial government to require an individual environmental assessment of the proposed site in the interests of the health and safety of residents,” Mayor Burton added.

The train derailment in Pickering caused rail cars to jack-knife near the Pickering GO station and emergency officials put out a fire in one of the cars. No injuries were reported as a result of the derailment.

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For more information contact:

Mark De Paoli
Executive Assistant to the Mayor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3445
mdepaoli@oakville.ca

Jane Courtemanche, Director
Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3038
jcourtemanche@oakville.ca


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