PEACE RIVER, AB, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Shell Canada Limited today
pleaded guilty in Peace River Provincial Court to federal charges laid
by Environment Canada for releasing a substance harmful to fish into
fish-bearing waters. The company was fined a total of $225,000.
The plea was entered on one count under the federal Fisheries Act for a contravention of the prohibition against the deposit of a deleterious
substance into water frequented by fish. The offence relates to the
spill of a chemical solution containing mainly sodium bisulfite into
the Peace River on August 28, 2009. The release was caused by a drain
valve being left open on a chemical tank system while it was being
filled. The open drain valve emptied approximately 12,500 litres of the
chemical into the Peace River, which is frequented by fish. Sample
analysis conducted on the chemical determined that it was harmful to
The company was fined $22,500 for the offence and was also ordered to
pay $202,500 to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) to be used to
promote the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat in the
Peace River. The Peace River is one of the largest rivers in Alberta
and supports 15 regularly occurring fish species and 5 rare ones,
including Bull Trout, a fish listed by the Alberta Endangered Species
Conservation Committee as a "Species of Special Concern". It also
supports both First Nation subsistence fishing, and sport fishing.
The Environmental Damages Fund supports the ''Polluter Pays Principle''.
It provides judges and prosecutors with an effective and innovative
mechanism for responding to environmental damage, thus ensuring that
environmental good can result from environmental harm.
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SOURCE Environment Canada
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