Excavators work at the site of a train derailment ten-kilometres south of St. Lazare, Man. on Saturday February 16, 2019. (Michael Bell/The Canadian Press)

‘Shut me out’: Canadian rancher says CN mum about oil spill on his land

The Manitoba government has said 37 cars were involved in the derailment

A Manitoba rancher said he’s being shut out by CN after a derailment spilled oil on an oxbow of the Assiniboine River he uses to water his cattle in summer.

“Somebody from CN should have been in my yard within hours of that derailment and I should be getting updates twice a day,” said Jayme Corr, who owns the land on which the spill happened Saturday.

“This is ridiculous. CN has basically shut me out.”

The Manitoba government has said 37 cars were involved in the derailment. No information has been given about how many of those cars were leaking or how much oil was released.

A government spokesman said Monday there was no danger of the oil entering the nearby Assiniboine River.

But Corr, who has 250 cattle on almost 1,000 of land, said that depends on the clean-up. He said the spill occurred on an oxbow of the river which still holds water.

“There’s oil sitting on top of the ice,” he said. ”They’ve got to get it scraped off there.

“As soon as it runs off, (the river) is where this is going to end up.”

He said he uses that oxbow to water his cattle in the summer.

Corr, whose home is about a kilometre from the spill site, said he was told when the spill occurred that he may have to evacuate.

Since then, he said, he’s received one phone call from a CN spokesman. A meeting was scheduled for later Monday.

A firefighter told him over the weekend that it looked as if seven rail cars had split open.

“There’s a lot of oil on that oxbow,” he said — enough for him to catch the smell from his own yard.

READ MORE: B.C. train that derailed and killed three ‘just started moving on its own’

Cleanup crews from CN and investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are at the spill site.

CN was expected to release more information about the spill later Monday.

The Canadian Press


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

New Democrats would bring in $25 daycare if re-elected: Notley

Notley said the plan would include adding 13,000 daycare spaces

Seasonal road bans for the County of Stettler declared for Monday

Road bans go into effect Monday, March 25 at 1 p.m.

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

Stettler’s Christ King Church a spectacular structure

Great submission to history book committee on Stettler’s Catholic church

Edmonton judge rules Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Eight-year sentence imposed in 2010 would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

Social media comments continue to dog ranks of United Conservative candidates

Eva Kiryakos was running in Calgary-South East in the April 16 vote

Apple announces its long-awaited streaming TV service

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline

Trudeau delivers campaign-style speech while introducing candidate Taggart

The Order of British Columbia recipient said she wants to be the people’s voice in Ottawa

15 Canadians on cruise ship that was stranded off Norway; one injured

The cruise ship was carrying 1,373 passengers and crew when it issued a mayday call on Saturday afternoon

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read