March 1, 2004

Charges laid for prohibited activity in NB watershed areas

MONCTON, NB-TP Downey and Sons, a Hillsborough firm, has been charged with violating the Watershed Protected Area Designation Order under New Brunswick's Clean Water Act. The Department of the Environment and Local Government alleges that the company carried out a prohibited activity within the Turtle Creek watershed area between September 1, 2002 and April 1, 2003. The company, which was due to appear in court this week, could face a maximum fine of $1 million if convicted. The department has also charged Daniel Dufour, of Saint-Basile, with violating section 25(1)(a) of the provincial Clean Water Act. The charge alleges that on August 20, 2003 Dufour failed to comply with a term or condition of a ministerial order issued to him on June 11, 2003, relating to a prohibited activity that had occurred in the Green River watershed area. If convicted, he could be fined up to $50,000. Dufour is to appear in provincial court in Edmundston later this week.
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