Miramar Hope Bay Ltd. sentenced for offences related to fuel spill

    CAMBRIDGE BAY, NT, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Miramar Hope Bay Ltd. of
Vancouver has been fined $100,000 in Nunavut Territorial Court in Cambridge
Bay for a violation of subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act resulting from a
June 2004 spill of 19,000 litres of diesel fuel into Windy Lake, Nunavut.
    The company had entered a guilty plea to the charge on January 15, 2007.
Upon the court's acceptance of the guilty plea related charges against the
company and four related companies were stayed.
    The penalty includes a fine of $10,000 and a payment of $90,000 to the
Environmental Damages Fund. The Fund, administered by Environment Canada,
serves as a special holding or trust account to manage funds received as
compensation for environmental damage. The Fund directs fines towards future
projects that contribute to the mediation of the damage to the environment in
a cost-effective way, and deter other parties from causing damage in the
    Subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act protects waters from the direct and
indirect deposit of any substance that is harmful to fish and aquatic life.
First offences under subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act are punishable by a
fine of up to $300,000 for a summary conviction, or $1,000,000 for an
indictable conviction. For subsequent offences, a fine of up to $300,000 or
six months imprisonment, or both can be assessed for summary convictions, and
$1,000,000 or three years imprisonment, or both, for an indictable conviction.
    Environment Canada's Environmental Enforcement staff investigate alleged
offences under the federal Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environmental
Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999) to ensure that companies, government
employees, and the general public comply with legislation and regulations that
protect Canada's environment.

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Craig Broome, Environmental Enforcement
Division, Prairie and Northern Region, Environment Canada, (867) 669-4730

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