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INFORMATION BULLETIN

For Immediate Release

2005ENV0067-000734

Aug. 10, 2005

Ministry of Environment

 

TASK FORCE STRUCK TO ASSESS SPILL IMPACT ON CHEAKAMUS

 


VICTORIA A multi-partnered group will be struck to develop a recovery plan for the Cheakamus River, the Ministry of Environment announced today.

 

Led by the Ministry of Environment, the group, which includes CN Rail, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Squamish First Nation, will first complete an assessment of the river, and the impact on fish stocks, wildlife and surrounding habitat from an August 5th chemical spill.

 

From its assessment, the group will then develop an ecosystem recovery plan that will be implemented by CN Rail. Provincial, federal and First Nation officials will oversee the work.

 

In addition, officials from the Ministry of Environment and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are looking at what changes may be required to recreational angling regulations on the Cheakamus to ensure healthy fish stocks.

 

Provincial officials are also collaborating with Environment Canada on an investigation into the spill under the Federal Fisheries Act and relevant provincial legislation. This investigation will be in addition to the one already underway by Transport Canada into the cause of the train derailment.

 

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Ministry of Environment

250 387-9973

 

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