FOX CREEK, AB, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Last week, Sinopec Daylight Energy Ltd., a division of the Sinopec Group, was ordered to pay $200,000 after pleading guilty to one count under the Fisheries Act. The charge relates to a release of process water, a substance deleterious to fish, into Marsh Head Creek.
The charge stemmed from a February 4th, 2012, report that approximately 391 cubic metres of process water had been released from a broken pipeline near Marsh Head Creek. This creek is fish-bearing and flows into the Athabasca River—a major Alberta waterway.
Environment Canada dispatched enforcement officers to the site and launched a joint investigation with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, which revealed that human error led to the pipeline release. Sample analysis then determined that chlorides in the process water were lethal to fish.
- Process water is a byproduct in the gas industry, and is made during the separation process of natural gas and liquid hydrocarbons from water. It has a high concentration of salt, and often contains trace amounts of hydrocarbons and hydrogen sulphide.
- $195,000 of the penalty will be credited to Environment Canada's Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) and a $5,000 fine.
- The EDF is administered by Environment Canada to direct funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to projects that will benefit the health of our natural environment.
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SOURCE: Environment Canada
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