LAC-MEGANTIC, Quebec (AP) — The search for 40 people still missing from the weekend derailment and explosion on a runaway oil train isn't the only task facing crews today in Quebec.
They're also trying to contain some 27,000 gallons of light crude that spilled from the tankers and made its way into nearby waterways. Floating barriers have been set up to stop the oil from heading downstream.
The oil has reached a nearby town, and there are fears it could flow into the St. Lawrence River all the way to Quebec City.
A spokesman for Quebec's environment ministry says officials remain hopeful that they can contain more than 85 percent of the spill.
161-a-15-(Christian Blanchette, spokesman, Environment Quebec, at news conference)-"tests are done"-Christian Blanchette of Environment Quebec says the investigation will check for river water contamination that could reach communities downstream. COURTESY: CTV ((mandatory on-air credit)) (8 Jul 2013)
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GRAPHICSBANK: Canada topographic map, with Montreal and Lac Megantic locators, partial graphic (8 Jul 2013)
GRAPHICSBANK: Wreckage of railway cars that were carrying crude oil after derailing, burning and destroying the nearby town, Lac Megantic, Quebec, Canada, aerial photo on texture, partial graphic (7 Jul 2013)
APPHOTO PCH129: Fire fighters keep watering railway cars the day after a train derailed causing explosions of railway cars carrying crude oil Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lac Megantic, Que. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson) (7 Jul 2013)
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