The day after the derailment of a freight train in Montreal, the Environment Minister, David Heurtel, is reassuring and recalls that Quebec has already announced a strategic environmental assessment on hydrocarbons and transportation.
Five cars of a freight train left the tracks Thursday in downtown Montreal, no injuries. The train was traveling at low speed, close to residences; a car even damaged one of them.
On Thursday, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, had expressed his dissatisfaction with the slowness of authorities to react in this area. Municipalities have been asking, especially since the tragedy of Lac-Mégantic, to be made aware of convoys through their territory and the materials they carry. They hammer this is necessary for public safety, including the preparation of the fire service.
Asked about this Friday in Montreal, when he gave a lecture on another subject, the Minister assured Heurtel he was taking the situation seriously.
He recalled that the government had already ordered a strategic environmental assessment on all of the hydrocarbons sector in May 2014, which includes transportation and security, whether by train, or by pipeline truck.