Study shows Lac-Mégantic disaster left fish in Chaudière River with major anomalies by Andrew Peplowski, February 10, 2016, CJAD
Government scientists studying the effects of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster have found the Chaudière River has been left heavily polluted and fish are showing signs of major anomalies.
About 100,000 litres of crude oil spilled into the river when a runaway train derailed in the middle of town in July of 2013.
Le Devoir says the most recent studies of the water quality show an unprecedented increase in the numbers of fish presenting with deformities, fin damage, lesions and tumours.
The studies show that compared to a similar report in 1994 the percentage of fish showing anomalies has jumped from zero to almost half the population studied.
One biologist says the test results are unprecedented and worrying and “almost all species” in the river have been affected by the spill. [Emphasis added]