May 17, 2004

Fuel company guilty of Fisheries Act charge, pays $20K in penalties

RICHAT, NS-Emera Fuels pleaded guilty to a charge under the federal Fisheries Act of depositing a deleterious substance (in this case, diesel fuel) into L'Archeveque Harbour, in violation of subsection 36(3) of the act. A charge against the driver of the Emera Fuels truck was dropped. The conviction relates to an incident in July 2003, when hundreds of litres of diesel fuel were pumped into the bilge of a fishing vessel by mistake; the bilge pump subsequently discharged the fuel into the harbour. The charges were laid as a result of an investigation by Environment Canada Enforcement, Atlantic Region Office. A provincial court judge ordered the company to pay $20,000 in penalties, including a fine of $5,000 and a payment of $15,000 to the federal Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment Canada. More information is available from Micheline Savard of Environment Canada's Atlantic region office, 902/426-6895.
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