Quebec studying track options for oil train disaster town

LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) " Quebec's environmental-review agency will hold public hearings into what to do with rail track in a town where 47 people were killed when a runaway oil train jumped the tracks and exploded in 2013.

Residents in Lac-Megantic, Quebec have been asking for a track bypass ever since the train disaster leveled much of town's downtown core.

People in Lac-Megantic and surrounding communities will be able to speak at hearings on the various possibilities, including the status quo, an "improved" status quo and three different bypass options.

The agency mandate announced Wednesday it will begin May 23 and last two months.

Governments have financed a feasibility study on the matter.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in January to speed up the process to build a track that would bypass Lac-Megantic.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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