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No specific permits or approvals required from Transport Canada … – Thompson Citizen

Week-long closure of Hudson Bay Railway line as the result of derailment ends; full freight service anticipated to resume shortly afterward

While there are no specific permits or approvals required from Transport Canada before OmniTRAX can start shipping oil out of Churchill, Glyniss Hutchings, the regional communications officer for Transport Canada’s Prairie and Northern Region in Winnipeg, said June 9, “Transport Canada has informed the company of the regulatory requirements it must meet under the Railway Safety Act, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 and the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

“If OmniTRAX proceeds with their plans after Sept. 20, when Protective Direction No. 33 comes into effect, the shipper must have a Transport Canada approved Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP). OmniTRAX, cannot transport the dangerous goods unless an ERAP is in place,” said Hutchings.

“Transport Canada will verify that regulatory requirements are met prior to the first shipment of oil,” she added.

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