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Charged Was: Tryon's Auto Body Ltd., Jonah Tryon and Cathy Tryon

Court Appearance: Jul 12, 2018 in Drayton Valley Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Mar 2, 2018

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between July 7, 2016 and August 30, 2016; and August 11, 2016

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly did: interfere with an inspector or investigator who was exercising powers or carrying out duties, or attempting to do so, under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 251(a); )

Penalty: Tryon's Auto Body Ltd. was sentenced to a $30,000 penalty after being found guilty of interfering with an inspector or investigator who was exercising powers or carrying out duties. Jonah Tryon was found guilty of the same charge and was fined $10,000. He was also placed on probation for one year. The terms of his probation include that he must follow any enforcement orders or environmental protection orders issued against him personally or against any corporation that he controls. Cathy Tryon had one charge against her dismissed and the other withdrawn.

Charged Was: Jade Oilfield Maintenance Company Ltd. and Patrick Modeste Paul and Patricia Mary Anderson

Court Appearance: Feb 27, 2018 in Edson Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Jul 17, 2017

Date of Alleged Offence: Variously - on or between January 1, 2005 and April 28, 2017; on or between July 20, 2016 and July 13, 2017

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly did: occupy public land without a disposition or an authorization; did cause, permit or suffer the accumulation of waste material, debris, refuse or garbage on public land; did cause, permit or suffer the loss or damage to public land; did cause, permit or suffer activities on, or the use of, public land that is likely to result in loss or damage to public land; did cause, permit or suffer the existence on public land of any structure or excavation of any kind that is undesirable; did continue any activity, to wit: the construction, reclamation or operation of a pit, that is designated by the regulations as requiring an approval or registration without holding the required approval or registration. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 61; Public Lands Act, 56(1)(d), 54(1)(a), 54(1)(a.1), 54(1)(a.2), 54(1)(b); )

Penalty: Jade Oilfield Maintenance Company Ltd. was sentenced to a $22,500 penalty, inclusive of victim fine surcharge. The company pleaded guilty to one count of continuing an activity without the required registration. All other charges were withdrawn. All charges against Patrick Modeste Paul and Patricia Mary Anderson were also withdrawn.

Charged Was: Carmacks Industrial Ltd. and Carmacks Enterprises Ltd.

Court Appearance: Jul 24, 2017 in Stony Plain Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Dec 22, 2016

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between May 4-Dec 21, 2016

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly did: fail to comply with an order of the director; occupy public land without authorization. (Public Lands Act, 47.1, 56(1)(d)(f); )

Penalty: Carmacks Industrial Ltd. was sentenced to a $20,000 penalty. The company pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an order of the director, contrary to section 47.1 of the Public Lands Act.

Charged Was: Orkin Canada Corporation

Court Appearance: Aug 31, 2017 in Calgary Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Dec 19, 2016

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between Jan 23 - 26, 2015

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly did: use, apply, supply, handle, transport, display, store or dispose of a pesticide in a manner likely to cause an adverse effect; fail to report a release of a substance capable of causing an adverse effect; use, apply or handle a pesticide not in accordance with the label for that pesticide; commence or continue an activity that requires a certificate of qualification without that certificate; use or apply a pesticide without recording information pertaining to the application of that pesticide; handle, store, transport, use or dispose of a registered pest control product in a way that was inconsistent with the directions on the label; and possess, handle, store, transport, distribute, use or dispose of a pest control product in a way that endangers human health or safety or the environment. (Pesticide Sales, Handling, Use and Application Regulation, 5(1); Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 110(1)(a), 163(1),79; Pest Control Products Act (Canada), 6(5)(b), 6(8); Pesticide (Ministerial) Regulation, 11; )

Penalty: Orkin Canada Corporation was sentenced to a $70,000 penalty, plus surcharges. The company pleaded guilty to failing to report a release of a substance that may cause an adverse effect, contrary to section 110(1) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

Charged Was: West Fraser Mills Ltd.

Court Appearance: Nov 23, 2017 in Hinton Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Sep 19, 2016

Date of Alleged Offence: On or about Sept 20, 2014

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly: releasing a substance into the environment that could cause significant adverse effect; contravening an approval term or condition; failing to report a release; and handling dangerous goods without complying with all safety requirements. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 109(2), 110(1), 227(e),; Dangerous Goods Transportation and Handling Act, 19(a); )

Penalty: West Fraser Mills Ltd. was sentenced to a $250,000 penalty. The company pleaded guilty to releasing into the environment a substance in an amount, concentration or level or at a rate of release that causes or may cause a significant adverse effect. A creative sentencing order diverted $240,000 of the penalty to a three-prong education project on air quality, to be run by the Telus World of Science - Edmonton.

Charged Was: Canadian National Railway Company

Court Appearance: Jun 2, 2017 in Edmonton Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Aug 17, 2016

Date of Alleged Offence: Variously - on or between April 9, 2015 and July 7, 2015; on or about April 9, 2015; on or between July 22 and July 23, 2015; on or about July 23, 2015.

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly: releasing a substance into the environment that caused significant adverse effect; failing to report the release; failing to report, remedy and confine the substance; failing to remediate, manage, remove or otherwise dispose of the substance; failing to provide information; providing false or misleading information. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2), 110(1)(a), 112(1)(a)(i) and (ii), 111(3); )

Penalty: CN was sentenced to a $125,000 penalty. The company pleaded guilty to releasing a substance into the environment that may cause a significant adverse effect and failing to take all reasonable measures to remediate, manage, remove or dispose of the substance , contrary to sections 109(2) and 112(1)(a)(ii) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, respectively.

Charged Was: Mantai, Samantha Lynn Sharon

Court Appearance: Feb 10, 2017 in Calgary Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Mar 5, 2015

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between February 1, 2013, and March 11, 2013

Description of Charges Laid: Knowingly, or otherwise, contravening a term or condition of an approval; knowingly, or otherwise, providing false or misleading information (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 227(a), (b), (d), (e); )

Penalty: Samantha Mantai was fined $17, 250. She was convicted of knowingly contravening a term or condition of an approval and knowingly providing false or misleading information. She is also prohibited from having sole charge of a wastewater treatment facility or supervising anyone in the operation of such a facility for 15 months.

Charged Was: Dockman & Associates Ltd. and Michael Louis Dockman

Court Appearance: Dec 12, 2017 in Calgary Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Jan 23, 2015

Date of Alleged Offence: Variously - June 1, 2013 - January 20, 2014; and July 12, 2013 - January 20, 2014.

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly contravening clauses of an enforcement order. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 227(g); )

Penalty: APPEALED. Court date Sept 6, 2018. Dockman was convicted of all six charges against him, which were all related to contravening an enforcement order, contrary to section 227(g) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Charges against his company were dismissed. The fines for the six charges amount to $49,000, plus provincial fine surcharge for a total of $56,350. As well, Mr. Dockman is prohibited for three years from operating or having control of any water or wastewater collection, treatment or distribution facilities or systems, nor can he be employed or hold a controlling interest in any corporation or other organization owning or operating such a system.

Charged Was: Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Court Appearance: Jun 24, 2016 in Sherwood Park Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Mar 7, 2014

Date of Alleged Offence: Variously - August 2, 2012; August 2, 2012 – August 13, 2012; August 2, 2012 – April 24, 2013.

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly releasing a substance into the environment that caused significant adverse effect; contravening terms or conditions of an approval; providing false and misleading information; and failing to report a release. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2), 110(1)(a), 110(1)(e), 110(2), 227(b), 227(e), 227(j); )

Penalty: CNRL was sentenced to a $150,000 penalty. The company pleaded guilty to contravening a term or condition of an approval, contrary to section 227(e) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Of the combined $500,000 penalty for this offence and the May 2010 offence, $425,000 was diverted to a creative sentencing project in which researchers from the University of Calgary will use the diverted funds to research the toxicological effects of chemicals measured in the air in and around Fort McKay.

Charged Was: Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Court Appearance: Jun 24, 2016 in Sherwood Park Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: May 11, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: May 2010

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly releasing a substance into the environment that caused significant adverse effect and for failing to report the release (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2), 110(1)(a), and 110(2); )

Penalty: CNRL was sentenced to a $350,000 penalty. The company pleaded guilty on June 24, 2016, to one count of failing to immediately report a release, contrary to section 110(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Of the combined $500,000 penalty for this offence and the August 2012 offence, $425,000 was diverted to a creative sentencing project in which researchers from the University of Calgary will use the diverted funds to research the toxicological effects of chemicals measured in the air in and around Fort McKay.

Charged Was: Western Air Spray Inc., Hnatko, Bobby Fred , and Adam Giesbrecht

Court Appearance: Jun 8, 2016 in Slave Lake Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Dec 21, 2015

Date of Alleged Offence: Variously - between June 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly commencing or continuing an activity without the required registration; failing to report a release as soon as it was known. (Pesticide (Ministerial) Regulation, 7(1)(a); Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 110(1)(a); )

Penalty: Western Air Spray Inc. was sentenced to a penalty of $12,500. The company pleaded guilty on June 8, 2016, to one count of providing an aerial service involving the use or application of a pesticide listed in Schedule 2 for hire or reward without being the holder of a valid pesticide service registration as required by section 7(1)(a) of the Pesticide (Ministerial) Regulation. Related charges against the company, company director Bobby Hnatko, and employee Adam Giesbrecht were withdrawn.

Charged Was: Wallace, Clarke Damian

Court Appearance: Mar 1, 2016 in Calgary Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Mar 5, 2015

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between February 1, 2013, and March 11, 2013

Description of Charges Laid: Knowingly, or otherwise, contravening a term or condition of an approval; knowingly, or otherwise, providing false or misleading information (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 227(a), (b), (d), (e); )

Penalty: Clarke Damian Wallace was sentenced to a fine of $10,000. He pleaded guilty to one count of contravening an approval, contrary to section 227(e) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

Charged Was: Greenways Inc., Centennial Zinc Plating Ltd. and the companies’ director, Peter Greenways

Court Appearance: Aug 12, 2015 in Edmonton Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Sep 30, 2013

Date of Alleged Offence: October 2011 and between August 2007 and May 2012.

Description of Charges Laid: Charges include, releasing a substance into the environment that may cause a significant adverse effect to the environment; failing to take reasonable measures to remediate, manage or remove the substance; failing to report the release of a substance into the environment that may cause an adverse effect; knowingly commencing or continuing an activity requiring an approval without an approval; and improperly disposing of hazardous waste. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2), 110(1), 112(1)(a)(ii) 60, 61,176, 191,192 ; Waste Control Regulation, sections 11/18(1)(d), (f), 11/18 (2)(b), (c) and 23 ; )

Penalty: Peter J. Greenways was sentenced to a global penalty of $50,000. He pleaded guilty to two counts: accepting for transportation or storage hazardous waste without the hazardous waste being accompanied by a manifest, and consigning or transporting hazardous waste without the waste being accompanied by a manifest, both contrary to section 191 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. The judge also imposed a publication order and a two-year stop order. The latter prohibits him from: possessing or transporting any hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable in any public place; purchasing or acquiring any hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable; owning, holding shares in or acting as a director, officer, employee or agent of any corporation or other entity that purchases or acquires any hazardous waste or hazardous recyclable.

Charged Was: Ag Air North Ltd. and Randal Seaholm

Court Appearance: Aug 6, 2015 in Falher Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: May 19, 2015

Date of Alleged Offence: August 24 and 25, 2012; and August 24, 2012, to October 1, 2013

Description of Charges Laid: Both parties faced the following five charges: commencing or continuing any activity that is designated by the regulations as requiring a registration, without holding the required registration; being an applicator who uses or applies a pesticide, fails to record information in a form acceptable to the director pertaining to a use or application of a pesticide (x3); being a person who releases or causes or permits the release of a substance into the environment that may cause, is causing, or has caused an adverse effect, did fail to report that release to the director as soon as that person knew or ought to have known of the release. The company faces an additional charge of knowingly commencing or continuing any activity that is designated by the regulations as requiring a registration, without holding the required registration. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 110(1)(a); Pesticide (Ministerial) Regulation , 7(1)(a), 11(1)(d),(e),(f); )

Penalty: Randal Seaholm was fined $1,000. He pleaded guilty to commencing or continuing any activity that is designated by the regulations as requiring a registration, without holding the required registration, contrary to section 7(1)(a) of the Pesticide (Ministerial) Regulation, thereby committing an offence contrary to sections 61 and 227(j) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. A one-year stop order imposed by the court prohibits Mr. Seaholm from applying a pesticide from an aircraft and from owning, holding shares in, or acting as director, officer, employee, or agent of a company that applies pesticides from an aircraft.

Charged Was: Auto Body Services Red Deer Ltd. and company owner Harry Veenstra

Court Appearance: Dec 22, 2014 in Red Deer Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Jun 12, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: July 1, 2010

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly releasing a substance that caused significant adverse effect; knowingly or otherwise commencing or continuing an activity without an approval or as otherwise authorized; knowingly or otherwise operating a works without a licence or as otherwise authorized. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 109(2); Water Act, sections 36, 49(1)(a), and 49(1)(b); )

Penalty: Auto Body Services Red Deer Ltd. and company owner Harry Veenstra were found guilty of one count under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, namely section 109(2), releasing or permitting the release into the environment of a substance in an amount, concentration or level or at a rate of release that causes or may cause a significant adverse effect, as well as one count under the Water Act: section 36, knowingly commencing or continuing an activity without approval or as otherwise authorized under the Act. The company was fined a total of $80,000, while Mr. Veenstra was fined a total of $15,000.

Charged Was: Mixcor Aggregates Inc.

Court Appearance: Dec 18, 2014 in Wetaskiwin Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Jan 14, 2014

Date of Alleged Offence: Between September 21, 2004 and January 23, 2013; between June 10, 2005 and May 11, 2012; between June 10, 2005 and January 23, 2013; between June 11, 2010 and January 23, 2013; between June 10, 2010 and August 30, 2010; between June 11, 2010 and May 11, 2

Description of Charges Laid: Charges include contravening a term or condition of a code of practice, commencing or continuing an activity without providing notice, and commencing or continuing an activity except under an approval or other authorization. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 227(e) ; Water Act, sections 142(1)(i), 142(1)(h); Water (Offences and Penalties) Regulation, sections 2(1)(a), 2(2) ; )

Penalty: Mixcor Aggregates Inc. was fined $90,000. The company pleaded guilty to two counts of conducting an activity at a pit not in accordance with the most recent activities plan contrary to section 4.1.1 of the Code of Practice for Pits and thereby contrary to section 227(e) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. As well, the company pleaded guilty to carrying out an outfall structure activity without preparing or complying with a plan in accordance with section 6 of the Code of Practice for Outfall Structures on Water Bodies, contrary to section 3(5) of the Water (Ministerial) Regulation. As well as a fine, the company was required to publish a notice in the Alberta Sand and Gravel Association Newsletter, as detailed in the creative sentencing order.

Charged Was: Sonic Oilfield Service Ltd.

Court Appearance: Nov 26, 2014 in Medicine Hat Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Dec 6, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: June 9, 2011

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly releasing or permitting the release of a substance into the environment that may cause a significant adverse effect, failing to report the release of a substance into the environment that may cause an adverse effect, and improper disposal of waste. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2); 110(1) and 176; Alberta Fire Code 2006, Sentence 4.1.6.4(1)(b)(i; )

Penalty: Sonic Oilfield Service Ltd. was fined $262,000. The company pleaded guilty to one count of improperly disposing of waste, contrary to section 176 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, and was fined $250,000. The company also pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report the spill or leak of more than 50 litres of a flammable or combustible substance, contrary to Sentence 4.1.6.4(1)(b)(i) of the Alberta Fire Code 2006, for which they were fined $12,000.

Charged Was: Sinopec Daylight Energy Ltd.

Court Appearance: Nov 6, 2014 in Calgary Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Jan 28, 2014

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between February 2 and 4, 2012.

Description of Charges Laid: Charges include releasing a substance into the environment, failing to report release of a substance into the environment, failing to take all reasonable measures to repair, remedy and confine the effects of the substance released into the environment, and failing to take all reasonable measures to remediate, manage, remove or otherwise dispose of a substance released into the environment in such a manner as to prevent an adverse effect or further adverse effect. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2), 110(1), 112(1)(a)(i), and 112(1)(a)(ii); )

Penalty: Sinopec Daylight Energy Ltd. was fined $350,000. They pleaded guilty to one count of failing to take all reasonable measures to repair, remedy and confine the effects of the substance released into the environment contrary to section 112(1)(a)(i) under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, for which they were fined $150,000. They also pleaded guilty to depositing a deleterious substance into water frequented by fish contrary to section 36(3) of thefederal Fisheries Act. The federal fine was $200,000.

Charged Was: Pushp Pal Singh

Court Appearance: Oct 17, 2014 in Okotoks Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: May 8, 2014

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between February 25, 2012, and March 30, 2012

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly knowingly, or otherwise, contravening a term or condition of an approval; knowingly providing false or misleading information. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 227(a), 227(d), 227(e) ; )

Penalty: Pushp Pal Sngh was fined $7,500. He pleaded guilty to one count of contravening a condition of an approval contrary to section 227(e) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

Charged Was: Cargill Limited

Court Appearance: Aug 15, 2014 in Okotoks Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: May 8, 2014

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between April 11, 2012, and April 23, 2012.

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly contravening a term or condition of an approval. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 227(e); )

Penalty: Cargill Limited was fined $80,000. The company pleaded guilty to one count of contravening a condition of an approval, contrary to section 227(e) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

Charged Was: Plains Midstream Canada ULC

Court Appearance: Jun 3, 2014 in Red Deer Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Apr 23, 2013

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between April 28 and 29, 2011

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly releasing a substance into the environment that causes or may cause a significant adverse effect, failing to take all reasonable measures to repair, remedy or confine the effects of the substance, and failing to take all reasonable measures to remediate, manage, remove or otherwise dispose of the substance. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 112(1)(a)(i); )

Penalty: Plains Midstream Canada ULC was fined $450,000. The company pleaded guilty to, being a person responsible for releasing a substance into the environment that may cause, is causing or has caused an adverse effect, failing to take all reasonable measures to repair, remedy or confine the effects of the substance.

Charged Was: Richard Fithen

Court Appearance: Apr 1, 2014 in Bonnyville Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Oct 10, 2013

Date of Alleged Offence: October 14, 2011

Description of Charges Laid: Charges include, improperly disposing of hazardous waste and burning of prohibited debris by means of an unpermitted open fire. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 192, 176, 61; Waste Control Regulation, section 23; )

Penalty: Fined $3,000. Fithen pleaded guilty to one count of improper disposal of waste.

Charged Was: Ryan John Tienhaara

Court Appearance: Apr 1, 2014 in Bonnyville Provincial Court

Date Charges Laid: Oct 10, 2013

Date of Alleged Offence: October 14, 2011

Description of Charges Laid: Charges include, improperly disposing of hazardous waste and burning of prohibited debris by means of an unpermitted open fire. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 192, 176, 61; and Waste Control Regulation, section 23) (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 176; )

Penalty: Fined $7,500. Tienhaara pleaded guilty to one count of improper disposal of waste.

Charged Was: Daysland Backhoe and Trucking Ltd., and company co-owners Ted Badry and Mike Mickla; and Daysland Welding Ltd.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Apr 12, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: November 8, 2005; December 28, 2009; October 25 and 26, 2010; November 2, 2010.

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly knowingly, or otherwise, providing false or misleading information regarding contaminated soil from a former gas station site; failing to provide information; and interfering with an inspector or investigator who was exercising powers or carrying out duties, or attempting to do so. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 227(a), 227(b), 251(a) and 209(b)) (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 227(a) ; )

Penalty: Daysland Welding Ltd. was fined $10,000 and a remediation order was imposed. The company pleaded guilty to knowingly providing false or misleading information regarding contaminated soil from a former gas station site.

Charged Was: SemCams ULC

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Feb 13, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: August 7-10, 2010

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly releasing a substance that caused a significant adverse effect; for failing to make a timely report of the release to Alberta Environment and Water; for failing to take all reasonable measures to repair, remedy and confine the effects of the substance; and for failing to take all reasonable measures to remediate, manage, remove or otherwise dispose of the substance in such a manner as to prevent an adverse effect or further adverse effect. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2), 110(1), 112(1)(a)(i), and 112(1)(a)(ii)) (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 112(1)(a)(i); )

Penalty: The company was fined a total of $350,000 under this joint provincial/federal prosecution, with $150,000 of that amount allocated as a fine under the provincial Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for failing to take all reasonable measures to repair, remedy, and confine the effects of a released substance, contrary to section 112(1)(a)(i). The remainder was a $200,000 fine for section 36(3) of the federal Fisheries Act depositing substances deleterious to fish into waters frequented by fish. The bulk of the federal penalty was diverted to creative sentencing.

Charged Was: Gas Plus Inc., Handel Transport (Northern) Ltd., Handel Transport Ltd., Tank Testers Plus Inc., and Tri-Con Transport Ltd.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Mar 28, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: Between January and December 2010.

Description of Charges Laid: Releasing a substance into the environment in an amount that could cause a significant adverse effect; and failing to report the release. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2) and 110(1); )

Penalty: Gas Plus Inc. was fined $250,000. The company pleaded guilty to releasing a substance into the environment in an amount that could cause a significant adverse effect and failing to report the release, contrary to sections 109(2) and 110(1) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

Charged Was: Gordon Morozoff and A Little Piece of Travers Inc.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Oct 31, 2011

Date of Alleged Offence: June 28, 2011 - October 25, 2013.

Description of Charges Laid: Failed to comply with an enforcement order issued under s. 59.1 of the Public Lands Act and did thereby commit an offence under s. 56(1)(o) of the Public Lands Act. (Public Lands Act, section 56 (1)(o); )

Penalty: Gordon Morozoff was fined $1,150; A Little Piece of Travers Inc. was fined $4,600. In addition, a reclamation order was imposed on both parties. Both parties were convicted of an offence under section 56 (1)(o) of the Public Lands Act for failing to comply with an enforcement order issued under section 59.1 of the Public Lands Act.

Charged Was: Diversified Transportation Ltd.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Mar 24, 2011

Date of Alleged Offence: March 2009

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly failing to store hazardous waste and hazardous recyclables properly. (Waste Control Regulation, sections 11(1)(b), 11(1)(c), 18(1)(b), and 18(1)(c)) (Waste Control Regulation, section 42; )

Penalty: The company was fined $35,000 after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to properly store hazardous recyclables, contrary to section 42 of the Waste Control Regulation.

Charged Was: Wade Robert Balisky

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Jul 29, 2013

Date of Alleged Offence: August 17-23, 2011

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly allowed an outdoor fire during fire season that was not authorized by a permit issued to him; refused or neglected to comply with fire permit conditions; failed to extinguish a fire set under the authority of a fire permit. (Forest and Prairie Protection Act, sections 18(1), 18(2) and 37(b)) (Forest and Prairie Protection Act, section 18(2); )

Penalty: Balisky was fined $500 after pleading guilty to the one count of s. 18(2) Forest and Prairie Protection Act, burning brush piles and one windrow on cleared land in excess of what his valid fire permit allowed.

Charged Was: Baker, Harold Allan

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Jan 5, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: May 23, 2011

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly burning prohibited debris without obtaining appropriate approval (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, 61) and refusing or neglecting to comply with an order (Forest and Prairie Protection Act 37(a)) (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 61; )

Penalty: Baker was fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to one count of burning prohibited debris without an approval. Under a creative sentencing order, he was required to pay the Edgerton Emergency Services Department $1,981.25 to reimburse them for the cost of extinguishing the fire.

Charged Was: Brownstone Environmental Services Ltd. and Stephen Brown

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Oct 12, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: October 2010

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly knowingly, or otherwise, providing false or misleading information, commencing or continuing an activity without proper authorization, and diverting water without a licence. (Water Act, 142(1)(a), (h), (n), 142 (2)(a), (e), (f)) (Water Act, section 142(1)(a); )

Penalty: Brown was fined $10,000 after pleading guilty to providing a false or misleading document pursuant to a requirement under the Water Act, contrary to s. 142(1)(a) of the Water Act. Under a creative sentencing order, Brown is also prevented from seeking professional designations from several trade organizations for a period of one year, and will arrange for the publishing of an article regarding the offence in an Environmental Services Association of Alberta publication.

Charged Was: Jason Denis Ulliac and Ulliac Oilfield Consulting Ltd.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Nov 30, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: Nov. 3, 2010 - March 15, 2011; Dec 3, 2010 - January 24, 2011; January 25, 2011 - March 15, 2011; April 27, 2011.

Description of Charges Laid: Knowingly, or otherwise, providing false or misleading information, reports or documents; contravening a term or condition of a licence; knowingly, or otherwise, failing to provide information; contravening a term or condition of a licence. (Water Act, sections 142(1)(a), 142(1)(b), 142(1)(e), 142(2)(a) and 142(2)(b)) (Water Act, section 142(2)(a); )

Penalty: Ulliac was fined $10,000. He pleaded guilty to one count of 142(2)(a) for knowingly providing false or misleading information pursuant to a requirement under the Water Act. Under a creative sentencing order, Ulliac is also prevented from seeking professional designations related to the oil sands industry for a period of one year, and will arrange for the publishing of an article regarding the offence in an Environmental Services Association of Alberta publication.

Charged Was: Brian David Buoy

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Apr 12, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: November 8, 2005; December 28, 2009; October 25 and 26, 2010; November 2, 2010.

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly providing false or misleading information regarding contaminated soil from a former gas station site; failing to provide information; and interfering with an inspector or investigator who was exercising powers or carrying out duties, or attempting to do so. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 209(b), 227(a), 227(b), 251(a)) (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 227(a); )

Penalty: Buoy was fined $20,000. He pleaded guilty to knowingly providing false or misleading information, contrary to section 227(a) under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. As part of the sentencing, for a period of one year Mr. Buoy cannot submit any reports to Environment and Sustainable Resource Development under his company’s permit to practice or under any other entity’s permit to practice where he is the Responsible Professional Member for that permit. In addition, he had to arrange for an article about this situation to run in an Environmental Services Association of Alberta publication.

Charged Was: Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and Grizzly Oil Sands Inc.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Nov 30, 2012

Date of Alleged Offence: Nov. 3, 2010 - March 15, 2011; Dec 3, 2010 - January 24, 2011; January 25, 2011 - March 15, 2011; April 27, 2011.

Description of Charges Laid: Contravening a term or condition of a licence; knowingly, or otherwise, failing to provide information. (Water Act, sections 142(1)(b), 142(1)(e), and 142(2)(b)) (Water Act, section 142(1)(e); )

Penalty: Grizzly Oil Sands ULC was fined $100,000. The company pleaded guilty to contravening a term or condition of a licence, contrary to section 142(1)(e) of the Water Act.

Charged Was: Dale Andrew Mather

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Mar 24, 2011

Date of Alleged Offence: September 2009

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly removing aquatic vegetation from the bed and shore of Gull Lake without proper authorization. (Water Act, sections 142(2)(f) and 142(1)(h)) (Water Act, section 142(2)(f); )

Penalty: Mather was fined $20,000. He was convicted of willfully commencing or continuing an activity without an approval or as otherwise authorized, contrary to section 142(2)(f) of the Water Act.

Charged Was: McColman & Sons Demolition Ltd. and Alan Gerald McColman

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Aug 24, 2011

Date of Alleged Offence: On or between May 5, 2009 and May 10, 2010.

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly knowingly operating a landfill without proper authorization and altering a wetland without an approval. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 60, 61, 88. Water Act sections 142(1)(h) and 142(2)(f)) (Water Act, section 142(1)(h); Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 60; )

Penalty: The company was fined $20,000. The company pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly operating a landfill without registration under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and one count of conducting an activity related to the destruction of a wetland under the Water Act. An order to remove an unauthorized landfill in Strathcona County and remediate the site will cost the company an estimated $1.85 million.

Charged Was: Lilydale Inc.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Sep 8, 2011

Date of Alleged Offence: September 13, 2009

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly releasing a substance that could have caused a significant adverse effect and for failing to make a timely report of the release to Alberta Environment. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, sections 109(2) and 110(1)(a)) (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 109(2); )

Penalty: Lilydale Inc. was fined $180,000. The company pleaded guilty to causing or permitting the release into the environment of a substance in an amount, concentration or level or at a rate of release that causes or may cause a significant adverse effect, contrary to section 109(2) of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

Charged Was: All-Can Engineering and Surveys Ltd.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Feb 23, 2011

Date of Alleged Offence: September, 2009, and December 2009.

Description of Charges Laid: Allegedly commencing an activity without authorization and failing to provide information required under the Water Act. (Water Act, sections 142(1)(i) and 142(1)(b)) (Water Act, section 142(1)(b); )

Penalty: The company was fined $50,000. The company pleaded guilty to one count of failing to provide information as required under the Water Act, contrary to section 142(1)(b) of the Water Act.

Charged Was: Permolex Ltd.

Court Appearance: in

Date Charges Laid: Jul 13, 2009

Date of Alleged Offence: July 23, 2007

Description of Charges Laid: Contraventions of approvals; unauthorized release of wastewater, and failure to install air pollution control equipment. (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 227(e)) (Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, section 227(e) ; )

Penalty: The company was fined $150,000. The company pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to comply with approval conditions, contrary to section 227(e) under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

 

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