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January 10, 2005
Unlicensed well contractor guilty of 19 charges, levied $16K in fines
BURLINGTON, ONT-A Burlington well contractor, Ronald Langille, was fined a total of $16,000, plus victim fine surcharges, after pleading guilty to 18 charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA) and one charge under Ontario regulation 903. Inspections by Ministry of Environment (MOE) staff in late 2002, prompted by public complaints about Langille's activities, were followed by a broader investigation, which found that between January 28, 2002 and April 22, 2003, he had built numerous wells without being in possession of a valid well contractor or a valid well technician license and without having the required insurance coverage for carrying out such work. It was also found that Langille had provided false information to the ministry on his applications for well contractor and well technician licences. He had held valid (MOE) approved well contractor and well technician licenses until March 31, 2001, when the licences expired and were not renewed because he failed to provide the ministry with a number of requested records. Langille was charged with 17 counts of constructing or working on wells without the required licences, contrary to sections 39 and 43(1) of the OWRA, plus one charge under section 98(2) of the act of submitting false or misleading information to the ministry and a charge under section 4(2) of O Reg 903 of carrying out well construction work without the required insurance.