More than 100 people gather along highway 144 to protest Gogama derailment clean-up
Protesters stopped cars and trucks, asking motorists to sign their petition
More than one hundred protesters slowed down cars and trucks along a northern Ontario highway today.
The protesters along Highway 144 were mainly residents of the nearby town of Gogama and the Mattagami First Nation—-about 2 hours north of Sudbury.
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Protesters say they're concerned about the clean-up work that was done following a major train derailment near their home.
In March 2015, a CN train derailed and caught on fire, sending more than one million litres of crude oil into the nearby river.
CN cleaned up the site, but traces of oil still remain in the water.
Gogama's fire chief Mike Benson, who has taken his concerns all the way to Prime Minister Trudeau, was at the protest.
"We're here because CN left the oil in our river. We want our river cleaned. It's running down the river now down into the lake," he said.
"We are serious. We're not playing anymore. This [protest] is step number one. We want that oil cleaned and we want that oil cleaned now."
Protesters stopped vehicles and asked drivers to sign a petition that will be sent to Queen's Park and CN.
Both CN and the Ministry of the Environment have stated there are still traces of oil in the waters around Gogama, but say the oil poses no danger to people or wildlife.
A CN spokesperson told CBC News that attempting to take more oil out of the waters near Gogama will do more harm than good to the local environment.
With files from Sophie Houle-Drapeau