Longueuil residents launch class action lawsuit after ‘negligent’ water ban procedure – Montreal

Longueuil residents launch class action lawsuit after ‘negligent’ water ban procedure – Montreal

Sep 23, 2018 / By : / Category : 苏州夜网

LONGUEUIL – Residents in Longueuil are filing a class action lawsuit after a two day water ban, claiming city officials were negligent and reckless in warning its residents of the contamination.

At 4 a.m. Wednesday morning, about 28,000 litres of diesel fuel leaked into the St. Lawrence River from a waste water treatment plant in Longueuil.

Local officials took more than five hours to notify the government of the overnight diesel spill.

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Longueuil mayor Caroline Saint-Hilaire initially announced the water was safe to drink.

She retracted that statement around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning – more than 24 hours after the spill – telling residents the water was actually not safe for consumption.

According to Jacky-Éric Salvant, the lawyer launching the suit, several resident became ill during this time.

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The lawsuit asks for $100 for each of the 300,000 affected residents in Vieux-Longueuil, Saint-Hubert, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville and Boucherville.

Areas affected by the Longueuil water advisory.

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This would amount to a total of $29 million.

Residents are also asking for compensation because they claim they were greatly inconvenienced by the ban, which was lifted on Friday.

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Saint-Hilaire, along with Boucherville mayor Jean Martel and Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville mayor Martin Murray, will launch an internal investigation to figure out what exactly happened.

The results of the investigation will be made public, insists the mayors.

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