KATHRYN SPIRIT: VICTORY AFTER A FIVE-YEAR BATTLE
November 10th, 2016 - 11:37am
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November 10, 2016
SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD — MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry–Suroît) appeared alongside the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, to announce that the Kathryn Spirit will be dismantled. The Minister stated that the federal government will provide funds to build a protective barrier around the derelict vessel in December and that work to dismantle the ship should begin as early as the spring of 2017.
“This is an important day for our riding. After submitting a petition signed by 3,600 residents, prompting elected officials at all levels to call for action and lobbying hard in Ottawa, we finally have a real promise to dismantle the Kathryn Spirit. I would like to thank Mr. Garneau for coming to announce the official start of the work,” said Quach.
The Kathryn Spirit has sat in the waters of Lake St. Louis since August 2011. The derelict ship, abandoned by a Mexican company, poses a threat to the environment and to human health, as it is moored close to the drinking water intakes for the towns of Beauharnois and Châteauguay. According to an access-to-information request fulfilled only 48 hours ago, as of April 2016 the ship contained 7,000 tonnes of contaminated water.
“I had to contact three transport ministers and three fisheries and oceans ministers, and write dozens of letters to make this day happen. Now that the work is about to begin, you can count on me to make sure the Liberals keep their word through to the end. I will carefully review the Liberal plan to fight polluters that abandon ships in our waters. It’s time to make sure this never happens again in Quebec or anywhere else in Canada,” explained Quach.