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7/2/2003



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CPR reaches settlement with North Dakota for Minot derailment


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Canadian Pacific Railway and the state of North Dakota recently agreed to a settlement stemming from a January 2002 derailment in Minot, N.D.



The $925,000 settlement includes a $500,000 donation by CPR for a special environmental project to bring public water to Tierrecita Vallejo, the subdivision closest to the derailment site.



CPR also proposed installing a public water access for Tierrecita Vallejo as a precaution while ground water and track bed soil monitoring continue under state supervision. To date, ground water tests have shown that there is no significant anhydrous ammonia migration from the railroad's right-of-way at the derailment site, according to a CPR-prepared statement.



CPR neither admits nor denies the North Dakota Department of Health's allegations that the derailment resulted in an illegal discharge of waste into the waters of the state, and violated hazardous waste laws and air quality standards, according to the statement.


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