Lac-Megantic: Officials say water safe to drink following July train derailment, oil spill
Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 5:31 -
Officials say that a train derailment and spill that seeped 6 million litres of oil in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, has not significantly contaminated the community.
On Tuesday, representatives from the Ministry of the Environment told residents that contamination in the Chaudière River is at pre-accident levels.
While residual contamination exists in some parts of the river, officials do not believe it is high enough to impact drinking water.
Lac-Megantic was devastated by the devastating train derailment. The Quebec town is a lakeside community, typically known for its natural beauty.
The disaster killed 47 people and destroyed about 40 buildings.