June 5, 2006

Miramar Mining, four other firms face federal charges over fuel spill

IQALUIT, NUN-Environment Canada has laid charges against Vancouver-based Miramar Mining and four related companies for alleged offences related to a June 2004 fuel spill at a mining exploration camp at Windy Lake, Nunavut. Environment Canada enforcement officers conducted an inspection and subsequent investigation after receiving a report of a 19,000-litre fuel spill at the camp. The companies have been charged with violating subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act, section 13 of the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and paragraphs 12(1)(a), 12(1)(b), and section 87 of the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act. Subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act prohibits the direct and indirect deposit into water frequented by fish of any substance deleterious to fish and aquatic life. The Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 protects migratory birds from the deposit of any substance that is harmful to them. The applicable sections of the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act protect Nunavut waters from the deposit of waste. More information is available from Craig Broome at Environment Canada, 867/669-4730.

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