08/07/2013 04:34 EDT | Updated 08/07/2013 04:36 EDT

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Bankruptcy: Angry Reactions To Company's Bankruptcy Filing (TWITTER)

Edward Burkhardt, chief executive officer of Rail World Inc., owner of Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway Ltd., speaks to the media in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Canada, on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Burkhardt paid his first visit to Lac-Megantic, Quebec today, four days after an unmanned, 72-car oil train rolled from an overnight parking spot into the town, where it jumped the tracks, incinerated about 30 buildings and killed at least 15 people. Photographer: David Vilder/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's bankruptcy filing on Wednesday, sparked anger online with many saying the company was trying to dodge the cost of the cleanup in Lac Megantic, the Quebec town that suffered dozens of deaths and significant destruction from a train derailment over a month ago.

The company had been criticized for dragging its feet on payments to the town and the province of Quebec. The company reportedly owes more than $7-million due to the massive clean-up and damage to the town.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Press reported that some residents of the town would be unable to return home for up to a year because of contaminated soil.

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