CP Rail ordered to resume traffic interchange with MMA

Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:17pm EDT
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway has been ordered by regulators to immediately resume handing off customer rail cars to Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway (MMA), the company involved in last month's Quebec rail disaster, CP Rail said on Thursday.

CP Rail Chief Executive Hunter Harrison said his company will comply with the order issued by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), but that it disagreed with it and will review its legal options. CP said it is concerned about MMA's ability to transport dangerous goods safely.

Calgary-based CP stopped transfers of rail cars to and from MMA in response to the CTA's withdrawal of MMA's certificate of fitness last week. The government agency later reversed that order and allowed MMA to continue operations until October 1.

MMA operated the tanker train that blew up in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic on July 6, killing 47 people. It was North America's deadliest rail accident in two decades.

(Reporting by Solarina Ho; Editing by Jeffrey Hodgson; and Peter Galloway)