Plans to construct an oil terminal on Chaleur Bay, located between Quebec and Brunswick, Canada, are being met with mixed reviews by officials from the bordering provinces.
Chaleur Terminals has proposed the project, which would see a low speed rail circuit railway system, an oil terminal with eight 150,000-barrel steel storage tanks and a three-kilometre pipeline to transfer petroleum and refined products to marine vessels constructed at the Port of Belledune.
A moratorium on the project has been called for by the mayor of St-Alexis-des-Matapédia, Guy Gallant, over worries about the safety of increased tank car activity to and from the terminal. A number of derailments in Canada have been cited as examples of the risk tank cars carry, most recently an incident on 7 October in which a train carrying hazardous materials went off the tracks near Clair, Saskatchewan.
However, Belledune mayor Ron Bourque is more positive about the development and has reportedly invited all mayors of the Gaspé coast to visit the site and see what security measures are in place.
The terminal is expected to be up and running by early 2015.