May 14, 2007

Company fined for contravening sentencing order

EDMONTON, ALTA-Canadian Horizontal Drilling (CHD) of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, was fined $7,500 in Alberta Provincial Court for contravening a sentencing order issued in March 2004 under the federal Fisheries Act. The company received the order after being convicted of violating subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act in connection with a December 2000 release of bentonite drilling mud into Gunderson Creek near Grande Prairie, Alberta. As part of the order, CHD was required to publish an article about the offence on or before the end of September 2004 in a publication widely available to the Alberta horizontal drilling industry. The Court noted that although CHD finally published the article in October 2006 in Oilweek magazine, it did not meet the September 2004 deadline imposed by the order.

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