Department of National Defence ordered to pay $100,000 for contravening Fisheries Act following fuel spill in Halifax Harbour

HALIFAX, April 20, 2016 /CNW/ - The Department of National Defence (DND) was sentenced on April 11, 2016, in Halifax Provincial Court to pay a penalty of $100,000 after pleading guilty to violating the Fisheries Act.

The charges stem from a May 8, 2013, incident where approximately 9000 litres of diesel fuel was spilled from HMCS St. John's into Halifax Harbour while the vessel was at anchor. This led to several reports of a large sheen in the harbour and a strong smell of diesel fuel in the surrounding area.

DND representatives reported the diesel fuel spill on the morning of May 8, 2013, and participated in efforts to contain and recover the spill over the next several days. On January 30, 2015, Environment and Climate Change Canada charged DND for an alleged violation of the Fisheries Act.

Of the $100,000 penalty, $98,000 will be directed to the Government of Canada's Environmental Damages Fund.

The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. The fund was created in 1995 to provide a way to direct funds received as a result of fines, court orders and voluntary payments to priority projects that benefit our environment.

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For further information: Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338

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