Ottawa lays charges against CN Rail for oil spill

Tue Mar 18, 2008 10:57am EDT
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Ottawa has laid three charges against Canadian National Railway Co stemming from an investigation into an oil spill into a lake near Edmonton, Alberta in 2005, the government said on Tuesday.

Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada said they have charged CN, Canada's biggest railway, with one count of allegedly depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds into Wabamun Lake, and two counts for the alleged disruption or destruction of a fish habitat.

The charges stem from an investigation into the derailment of a CN train at the popular fishing and boating destination west of Edmonton on August 3, 2005 and the release of hundreds of thousands of liters of fuel oil into the water.

A first court appearance has been set for Wednesday in Edmonton's provincial court.

(Reporting by Nicole Mordant; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

<p>Rail cars at the CN MacMillan Yard in Toronto February 10, 2007. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski</p>