January 12, 2004

PEI potato grower pleads not guilty to Fisheries Act charges stemming from '02 fish kill

SUMMERSIDE, PEI-A potato grower from Kelvin Grove pleaded not guilty last month to charges under the federal Fisheries Act in connection with a major fish kill on the Wilmot river in July 2002 (ELW August 5, 2002). Following an investigation by Environment Canada, Chris Casely and his company, George M Casely and Sons, were charged with allowing pesticide-contaminated soil and water run-off to enter the Wilmot River at Norboro, PEI. About 4,500 dead trout were recovered from the Wilmot River after the incident. Subsection 36(3) of the Act makes it an offence to deposit, or permit the deposition of, a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish. A trial date is to be determined. More information is available from David Aggett in Environment Canada's Atlantic region office, 902/426-1925.
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