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Trucking company fined $30K for failing to promptly clean spill

A transport was involved in a highway crash, leading to a spill of oil and diesel fuel.
(TBayNewswatch file photo)

A trucking company has been fined $30,000 for failing to promptly address an oil and fuel spill after a crash near Neys Provincial Park.

The province issued a release on Tuesday, announcing that Jagger Canada Inc. was convicted of three charges under the Environmental Protection Act.

The company was convicted of failing to comply with a ministry order for failing to hire a contractor to complete spill clean-up and submit confirmation, failing to remove all contamination following a tractor trailer accident, and failing to submit to the ministry a written summary outlining actions that were taken to restore the environment by the deadline.

The province said the ministry's Spills Action Centre received a report of the incident on Nov. 18, 2019, with ministry staff attending the scene on the same day and observing visible fuel sheen on the pavement and oil and fuel amongst the rocks and in the snow in the highway embankment.

The spill was about 15 metres from a running stream.

A month later, the ministry contacted the company by email to indicate that the ministry had never been formally about the incident by the company, and that there was a legal responsibility to complete site remediation.

A few days later, after having not received confirmation of spill clean-up, the ministry issued an order for the company to hire a qualified contractor, conduct spill clean-up and submit a written report by January 2020.

The company did not comply with the deadline.

In December 2020, the ministry received a report from the ministry's insurance provider indicating that restoration was completed at the site on Oct. 30, 2020, satisfying the ministry order.

The ministry's environmental investigations and enforcement branch laid the charges that led to the three convictions. In addition to the fine, the company has also been ordered to be a victim surcharge amounting to $7,500.

- TBayNewswatch