Following the recent derailment in Port Hope in which authorities evacuated everyone within a 1.5km radius, questions and concerns have been once again raised regarding the setbacks of locating facilities, such as the previously proposed Oakville power plant, from rail lines. Below is a map showing what a 1.5km radius would have looked like from the proposed location of the Oakville power plant.
If you are concerned about setbacks, click read more to find out how to contact Mr. Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy.
The following is the press release from Postmedia News on Sunday March 27, 2011 reporting the details of the derailment and subsequent evacuation order.
Police order evacuations after Port Hope train derailmentPORT HOPE, Ont. — Authorities evacuated about 20 homes within a 1.5 kilometre radius just east of Port Hope after the derailment of a CN train carrying jet fuel, interrupting inter-provincial rail service.
Peter Thivierge of Port Hope police says no one was reported injured after the derailment on a CN line. Police were notified around 12:20 p.m.
According to Jim Feeny of CN at many as 20 cars were derailed on the 116-car train.
"Some of those cars contain dangerous commodities, (jet) fuel and propane," he said. "Preliminary indications are that there was one car on fire and this was later extinguished."
Feeny said a hazardous materials team was also being sent to the site.
Emergency Management Ontario issued a red alert following the incident, warning residents to "immediately leave the area" and "quickly select basic clothing, medication, toiletry supplies and other essentials for several days absence."
As a result the tracks running in the area were shut down, impeding passenger traffic.
"Via Rail Canada will not be able to operate its normal passenger train service on the Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa routes, in both directions, until the rail line is reopened," Via said in a statement, adding it was providing bus service as an alternative for passengers who already have tickets. No new bookings were immediately being accepted however.
Feeny said CN investigators were on the scene to determine the cause of the derailment and said the Transportation Safety Board was also investigating.
"Take your pets with you. Do not pick up family members from schools, daycares and institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes,"Emergency management said in its statement. "Plans are in place to protect them. People currently outside this area are advised not to enter this area until further notice."
Emergency Situation: Evacuation in Hamilton Township due to a train derailment and fire.
Recommended Actions: Emergency Management Ontario recommends that persons IMMEDIATELY leave the area within the boundaries of Ward Street to the North in Hamilton Township, Lake Ontario to the South, Hamilton Road to the West, and Theatre Road South to the East. Quickly select basic clothing, medication, toiletry supplies and other essentials for several days absence. Take your pets with you. Do not pick up family members from schools, daycares and institutions such as hospitals and nursing homes. Plans are in place to protect them. People currently outside this area are advised not to enter this area until further notice. Do not call 911 for information about this emergency. Remain tuned to this station for further information and instructions.
This Red Alert broadcast request will end at 23:59 hrs, unless a further extension is requested.
CONTACT BRAD DUGUID IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SETBACK PROVISIONS
Office of the Minister of Energy
The Hon. Brad Duguid MPP
Minister of Energy
900 Bay Street
Hearst Block, 4th Floor
Toronto ON M7A2E1