Late last month, a Quebec Superior Court judge ruled against MRC Pontiac in its effort to get a permanent injunction to prevent the railway from ripping up 40 miles of track running through the West Quebec municipality.
Back in March, the county had passed a bylaw which designated the land within the railway's vicinity for "rail use only," which made it illegal to remove or alter the rails within its municipal borders, and enforced that in August with a blockade when CN crews were spotted digging up the lines.
Quebec Superior Court Judge Martin Bédard ruled the bylaw overstepped the MRC's jurisdiction, adding CN followed proper procedure under the federal Transportation Act.
The MRC voted to appeal that ruling at its Nov. 27 council meeting.
It is feared if CN is successful in removing the rails, it would be a death sentence for local communities because businesses won't be able to survive without effective transportation out of the community.