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Lac-Megantic: Officials say water safe to drink following July train derailment, oil spill

Digital writers

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 5:31 PM -

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.

File photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

File photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

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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.

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