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Irving Oil to contribute $75 million to Lac-Megantic compensation fund

03/20/2015 02:51 EDT | Updated 05/20/2015 05:59 EDT
SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Irving Oil has agreed to contribute $75 million to a compensation fund established for those who suffered losses as the result of the July 2013 train derailment in Lac-Megantic, Que.

The contribution would be in addition to a US$200 million settlement announced in January, with more than half of the money going to various levels of government.

That settlement involves the Montreal Maine and Atlantic Canada Co., its insurance carrier, railcar manufacturers and some oil companies.

The compensation package must still be approved by courts in the United States and Canada.

The derailment in the town of 6,000 set off several massive blasts, wiped out part of the downtown core and killed 47 people.