Today, Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche, in collaboration with the government of Quebec, issued a letter of formal notice to MM&A for not fulfilling its contractual duty to pay for the cost of removing the debris and oil.
"Lac-Mégantic cannot tolerate this situation," she said.
The mayor said the town has already paid out $4 million to clean-up crews. Roy-Laroche said they would have stopped working if they didn't get paid and, according to her, no money from MM&A to pay them was forthcoming.
Roy-Laroche said MM&A should pay for the entire operation — something that is outlined in the formal letter issued today.
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Roy-Laroche said the letter made other demands, namely for MM&A to provide in the next 48 hours a detailed clean-up management plan, as well as to guarantee the qualifications of the people responsible for doing the work.
Roy-Laroche said any delay in the removal of the oil and burned-out part of Lac-Mégantic posed a health risk to the town's residents.