Published on: Friday, December 20, 2013

North Atlantic Refining Limited Fined $100,000 for Fisheries Act Violation

ST. JOHN’S, NL, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ – North Atlantic Refining Limited
(NARL) of Newfoundland and Labrador was sentenced to pay $100,000 in
St. John’s Provincial Court after pleading guilty to violating the Fisheries Act. The penalty includes a $25,000 fine. The remaining $75,000 will go to
the Environmental Damages Fund.

The conviction followed a two-year investigation by Environment Canada’s
Environmental Enforcement Directorate, initiated after receiving
reports of diesel fuel near Powers Pond in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland
and Labrador. It was determined that fuel was being released from a
storm sewer outfall discharging near Powers Pond. The source of the
fuel was traced back to a manhole adjacent to the NARL bulk fuel
storage facility. Samples were collected at the scene for further
analysis and sent to Environment Canada’s Moncton lab where chemists
successfully matched the fuel from the storm sewer outfall to the fuel
in the manhole adjacent to the facility.

Subsection 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act protects water frequented by fish from the direct or indirect deposit
of any substance that is deleterious or harmful to fish. Diesel is
considered deleterious to fish.

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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SOURCE Environment Canada