Monday, September 11, 2017
For immediate release


Senator Rosa Galvez, a professional engineer and specialist in environmental engineering, will launch an 18-city lecture tour of Canada on Monday September 11 to speak about the Lac-Mégantic oil spill tragedy and its devastating environmental aftermath on the small Québec community.

The Lac-Mégantic train derailment and fire on July 6, 2013 was a human catastrophe and environmental disaster. A runaway train containing 74 rail cars of light crude oil derailed and caught fire. The explosion and fire killed 47 residents and destroyed over 30 buildings. This was the deadliest rail accident in Canada since 1864. Approximately 6.3 million litres of oil were released into the environment, creating air, water and soil contamination.

Senator Galvez specializes in water and soil decontamination, waste management and residues, and environmental impact and risk assessment. She conducted a study on the environmental impacts of the catastrophic oil spill following the deadly train derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Québec in July 2013.

Her talk is titled: Lac-Mégantic’s Human and Environmental Disaster: The event, the impacts, and the lessons to be learned.

The fall and winter lecture tour, sponsored by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), begins today in Halifax and will end in Québec on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. CSCE National Lecture Tours offer society members the opportunity to meet and listen to prominent civil engineers who have earned wide recognition and respect among their peers.

The Senator’s talks are open to the news media and she will be available for interviews.

Members of the public are also welcome. Depending on the location, a nominal fee may be charged.

A full list of lecture dates and cities, including contact information for local sections, is available here.
Please contact local sections for more information on venues and registration.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stéphane Laviolette
Office of Senator Rosa Galvez
613-996-2210 Stephane.Laviolette@sen.parl.gc.ca