Canada Thousands of litres of diesel spills onto railway near Fermont, Que.

08:57  12 february  2018
08:57  12 february  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

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More than 16,000 litres of diesel have spilled on the railway track north of Port-Cartier, located in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec, after a generator broke down. The train was heading north, in the direction of Fermont , Que .

A broken generator has spilled 16,700 litres of diesel in northeastern Quebec. Mining company Arcelor Mittal informed Quebec's environment department of the spill Saturday morning. It happened at a railway leading to Fermont , near the Quebec-Labrador border.

Thousands of litres of diesel spills onto railway near Fermont, Que. © ICI Estrie/Radio-Canada Thousands of litres of diesel spills onto railway near Fermont, Que.

A generator breakdown led to more than than 16,000 litres of diesel spilling on the railway track north of Port-Cartier, located in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec.

The director of communications for steel and mining company ArcelorMittal, Dina Guralnik, said they reported the incident to Quebec's Environment Ministry.

An alarm signaled a generator failure around 7 a.m. Saturday, but the flow could have started even earlier, Guralnik said.

The generator was used to power a siding switch in the sector because the area isn't serviced by Hydro-Québec.

A worker from Urgence-Environnement is in contact with the company and was supposed to arrive on the scene, Sunday.

The company's environmental specialist was also dispatched by helicopter.

Icy road 'like a looking glass' causes fuel truck to flip .
Icy road 'like a looking glass' causes fuel truck to flip"It's off the road and it's upside down," said Mark Veinotte, the deputy fire chief with the Nictaux and District Volunteer Fire Department. "It's got diesel and furnace oil on it, and the only good thing about it is it's not leaking.

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