IQALUIT, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Hope Bay Mining Ltd. and Orbit Garant
Drilling Inc. have entered into a diversion agreement with the Public
Prosecution Service of Canada following an Environment Canada
investigation of alleged violations under the Fisheries Act. The companies have each agreed to pay $75,000 for a total voluntary
payment of $150,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund. The payment will
be directed towards projects in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut.
On July 14, 2011, Environment Canada enforcement officers inspected an
Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. drill rig located on the Hope Bay Mining
Boston Camp property, near Iqaluktuuttiaq. The rig was in close
proximity to a river that connects Stickleback Lake to Spyder Lake. The
inspection revealed an ongoing release of drill cuttings, drill mud and
brine. Sample analysis and an expert report concluded that the material
could be deleterious to fish. There was no evidence of any permanent
harm done to any fish.
Charges were laid by Environment Canada in February, 2013.
The companies will also hold a public meeting on June 11, 2014, in
Iqaluktuuttiaq (Cambridge Bay) to discuss the incident with local
A newspaper notice, drafted by the companies and approved by Environment
Canada, will appear in three northern newspapers informing the public
of the incident.
The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment Canada. It
was created in 1995 to provide a mechanism for directing funds received
as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority
projects that will benefit our natural environment.
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SOURCE: Environment Canada
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