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

08:57  12 february  2018
08:57  12 february  2018 Source:   CBC

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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.

According to a ministry spokesperson, about 8,000 litres of diesel overflowed from a transport truck in the rail yard. The ministry says no waterways were impacted as a result of the spill and the company is undergoing appropriate clean-up measures.

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.

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