In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 6, a train derailed in the center of the business district of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. The train was carrying crude oil destined for Saint John, NB. There was a series of devastating explosions and a significant portion of the downtown area has been destroyed. Two thousand people were evacuated due to the risk of additional explosions. 47 lives were lost in this tragedy - including a long term employee of Energex, Roger Paquet. Lac-Mégantic is a wonderful community and we are deeply saddened by this tragic event. We pray for the souls of those departed and for all of the remaining residents of a town we call home.
Roger was born in Lac-Mégantic and started working at our plant November 01, 1982. He was a valuable member of our production team and served as Control Panel Operator. Roger was Vice-President of our union from 1996 to 2001 and then served as President until his untimely passing. Roger loved playing golf and was on the administration of the Lac-Mégantic golf course. He leaves behind his two children Karine and Guy Paquet. His home was at the center of the blast and has been destroyed.
While our plant was not damaged, emotionally, all of our Quebec staff have been deeply affected by this horrific event. Over 500,000 tons of soil have been contaminated and the Canadian Red Cross are expected to remain on sight for at least five more years. The task of bringing this community back to what it once was, is enormous. Anyone interested in making a donation to help the residents of Lac-Mégantic can do so by CLICKING HERE