When: October 10th, 2017 (Tuesday), 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: UBC Engineering Student Centre (2335 Engineering Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4)
Costs: CA$5 – CA$35
This event is co-hosted by the CSCE Vancouver Chapter and the UBC CSCE Student Chapter.
On October 10, 2017, The UBC CSCE welcomed Senator Professor Rosa Galvez to the UBC campus to present on the Lac-Mégantic Train Derailment and the efforts made to remediate the impacts to this community and the environment. This was a stop of the CSCE National Lecture Tour (NLT), and was coordinated in conjunction with the CSCE Vancouver Section in early October this year.
The Lac-Mégantic train derailment and fire on July 6, 2013 was a human catastrophe and an environmental disaster. A runaway train containing 74 rail cars of light crude oil derailed and caught fire. The explosions 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 was released into the environment, creating air, water and soil contamination.
The event brought together industry professionals and students for an opportunity to learn about the Disaster from an engineer who is an expert in site restoration, groundwater contamination, and disaster remediation. As well as a valuable resource for professional knowledge, the lecture was followed by a reception that facilitated networking and discussion amongst the engineers and students who attended.
Senator Professor Rosa Galvez is an expert in environmental impact and risk evaluation, contaminated site restoration and groundwater contaminant transport. She was appointed to the Canadian Senate in December 2016. She is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Water Engineering at Laval University, Quebec