First Nation sues CN Rail over northern Ontario oil spillsStaff Writer | August 15, 2017
A northern Ontario Indigenous community is suing CN Rail for alleged environmental and cultural damage caused by two 2015 derailments that led to significant oil spills.
Canada The Mattagami First Nation
The $30 million suit alleges that the damage, in turn, has created health risks for the population and crippled community members' ability to observe their Indigenous traditions including fishing, hunting and gathering.
It says the two oil spills, which took place in February and March 2015, collectively poured millions of litres of oil into the area around Gogama, which is about 200 kilometres north of Sudbury, Ont.
CN declined to comment on the filing, adding it is committed to cleaning up environmental damage caused by the derailments.
Mattagami's allegations have not been proven in court.
The First Nation claimed the 2015 spills impacted many facets of life for community members. ■