Public Hearing on New Alberta Railway Line

OTTAWA -- JANUARY 26, 1998 -- The Canadian Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing on March 2 in Red Deer, Alberta on a proposal by Canadian Pacific Railway Company to build a 12-kilometre railway line near Prentiss, Alberta.

At the hearing, CP will explain its plans to build a new railway line to service the Union Carbide plant at Prentiss and link it with the Lacombe Subdivision at mileage 103.2. It will also allow interested parties to comment on CP's application.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. on March 2 at the Holiday Inn, Red Deer, 6500-67th Street in Red Deer. Anyone wishing to address the Agency shall register with the Registrar between 9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

For individuals unable to attend the public hearing but wishing to express their point of view, their written comments must be submitted to the Secretary of the Agency at least five days before the hearing.

Under the Canada Transportation Act, all new railway lines must receive approval of the Agency prior to construction. The Agency approves such applications if it considers that the location of the railway line is reasonable, taking into consideration requirements for railway operations and services and the interests of the localities that will be affected by the line.

As part of its application to construct a new railway line, CP has prepared an environmental impact assessment, as required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The Agency is in the process of reviewing this assessment.

The Agency is a federal, quasi-judicial tribunal whose procedures ensure that all parties in a complaint are dealt with in a fair and equitable manner.

For more information: Charles Mojsej, CTA Spokesperson (819) 953-9961

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