CALGARY, AB, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Leddy Exploration Ltd. (Leddy) of
Calgary, Alberta, was sentenced in Alberta Provincial Court to a fine of
$2,500 and a contribution of $40,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund, after
pleading guilty to one count of violating subsection 36(3) of the federal
Fisheries Act, which protects fish-bearing waters from the deposit of any
substance that is harmful to fish and aquatic life.
In May 2004, Leddy released crude oil from a pipeline into Poplar Creek,
near Winfield, Alberta. Crude oil is considered a deleterious substance as
defined by the Fisheries Act. Charges were laid in May 2005 after an
investigation by Environment Canada.
The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment Canada and
is used to help restore ecosystems. The monies contributed by Leddy to the
Fund will be used to establish a trout lake in the area where the release
occurred. As part of a creative sentencing process, Leddy will make a
presentation at a Western Canada Spill Services Oil Spill Co-op exercise about
the events that led to the release and suggestions to prevent similar
occurrences in the future.
First offences under subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act are punishable
on summary conviction by a fine of up to $300,000, and for subsequent
offences, a fine of up to $300,000 or six months imprisonment, or both.
Indictable offences can result in a maximum $1,000,000 fine for a first
offence, and for subsequent offences, a maximum $1,000,000 fine or three years
imprisonment, or both.
Environment Canada's Environmental Protection Enforcement staff
investigates potential pollution offences under the Canadian Environmental
Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) and the federal Fisheries Act. They help
ensure that companies, government employees, and the public comply with
legislation and regulations that protect Canada's environment.
(Egalement offert en français)
For further information:
For further information: Ryan Levitt, Enforcement Officer, Environmental
Protection Branch, Environment Canada, (780) 951-8631