February 9, 2004

Petro-Canada fined $37K for violations of Ont Water Resources Act

PETERBOROUGH, ONT- 29 jan - Petro-Canada was found guilty of two charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and fined $37,000 plus a 25% victim fine surcharge. In 1997, the company was issued a certificate of approval (C of A) for a sewage works at its bulk fuel depot in Peterborough. The court was told that the installed sewage works contained an oil interceptor significantly smaller than what was approved by the Ministry of Environment. In August 2000, waste oil discharged from the oil interceptor into a nearby ditch which flows to Byersville Creek and to Otonabee River; this release was caused by the installation of the improperly-sized interceptor. Petro-Canada was fined $12,000 for establishing a sewage works not in accordance with a C of A, contrary to section 53(1) of the OWRA, plus $25,000 for discharging or causing or permitting the discharge of waste oil into a drainage ditch that may impair the quality of the water, contrary to section 30(1) of the Act.
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