Quebec, James Bay Cree announce $4.7-billion development deal

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Legault says the project will have twofold affect in curtailing greenhouse gas emissions. An extended rail network means diesel trucks are virtually taken out of the equation. And the fact that they’re carrying lithium — used in batteries that fuel electric cars — will also have on impact in fighting climate change. The Cree and Quebec government will split the cost of studying the new railroad — which Legault said will cost “in the tens of millions of dollars.” The plan also includes hundreds of kilometres of power lines and roads linking remote Cree villages to the outside world and the construction of a deep sea port in James Bay.