OTTAWA Aug 15 The government of the Canadian
province of Quebec has added Canadian Pacific Railway to
the list of companies it says should help pay clean-up costs
after an oil tanker train disaster in July that killed 47
The train, operated by Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MMA),
derailed and blew up in the eastern Quebec town of Lac-Megantic
on July 6, spilling some 1.48 million U.S. gallons (5.6 million
liters) of oil.
MMA filed for bankruptcy protection last week.
Quebec said on Wednesday it had added Canadian Pacific to a
legal list of companies it is ordering to help pay for the
A government statement said the Canadian Pacific was hired
to transport the tanker cars of oil and had done a deal with
MMA, which ran the rail line that passed through eastern Quebec.
"Our duty is to do all we can to ensure that the firms
responsible for this accident bear the costs linked to the
clean-up and decontamination," Environment Minister
Yves-Francois Blanchet said in the statement.
Canadian Pacific had no initial comment but said it would
respond later on Thursday.
Canada announced on Tuesday it would shut down MMA on August
20, saying the firm did not have enough insurance.
In a court filing, MMA said its insurance covered
liabilities up to C$25 million ($24.2 million), while clean-up
costs could exceed C$200 million.