EDMONTON, Dec. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - SemCAMS ULC was ordered to pay $350,000 on December 23, 2013, in Alberta
Provincial Court after pleading guilty to one count under the Fisheries Act and one count under provincial environmental legislation. The charges
relate to a release of 852,000 litres of industrial wastewater from a
ruptured pipeline near Fox Creek, Alberta.
On August 10, 2010, Environment Canada responded to a report concerning
the release of industrial wastewater into muskeg and a small unnamed
creek. During the response, hundreds of dead fish were discovered in
the creek downstream of the spill. A joint investigation into the
release was conducted by Environment Canada and Alberta Environment and
Sustainable Resource Development. The wastewater had been generated
from the processing of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons at the
SemCAMS ULC facility, and was being transported by an underground
pipeline when the pipeline ruptured. Sample analysis determined the
wastewater was harmful to fish.
For the count relating to the Fisheries Act (depositing a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish),
SemCAMS ULC is required to pay a federal penalty of $200,000. Of this
$185,000 is to be paid into the Environmental Damages Fund; and
$15,000 is a fine to be paid to the court.
The remaining $150,000 of the total penalty relates to the provincial
The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment Canada to
direct funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary
payments to projects that will benefit our natural environment.
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