09/26/2013 04:09 EDT | Updated 11/27/2013 05:12 EST

Montreal, Maine & Atlantic's Canadian Operations Extended Again


The railroad company at the centre of the deadly Lac-Mégantic train derailment and explosion has been given another reprieve.

The Canadian Transportation Agency is allowing the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway to continue its operations in the country until Oct. 18.

CTA spokeswoman Jacqueline Bannister said MM&A has provided proof of sufficient liability insurance for short-term operations.

This decision comes after the railway petitioned a previous decision rendered by the CTA on Aug. 23 giving the company until Oct. 1 to end its Canadian operations.

In its petition, MM&A asked to have its certificate of fitness extended to Jan. 15, 2014.

It may still get a January deadline, depending on what the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act Court decides – MM&A has a hearing on Oct. 9 in Sherbrooke, Que., that Bannister said may have an impact on the CTA’s consideration of longer-term operations.

She said the CTA will issue its decision about extending operations until January before Oct. 18.

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