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CN Rail Convicted for Diesel Spill

March 14, 2011

SURREY, B.C. -- On Friday, March 11, 2011, Canadian National Railway (CNR) Company was convicted in British Columbia Provincial court of an offence under the Fisheries Act.

Canadian National Railway was sentenced to pay a total of $75,000 for depositing a deleterious substance (diesel fuel) into waters frequented by fish. A total of $70,000 of these penalties is being directed to projects related to the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat in the waters of the Fraser River and its tributaries.

On January 5, 2009, Environment Canada was notified of a diesel slick near the confluence of Barker Creek and the Fraser River. A subsequent investigation confirmed that a fuel pumping system, found on the CN Rail Thornton Yards property, was the source of the diesel release.  

Environment Canada enforcement officers investigate potential offences under a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Species at Risk Act; the pollution prevention provisions of Canada’s Fisheries Act; the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994; Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). They help ensure that companies, government departments and agencies and the general public comply with legislation and regulations that protect Canada’s environment.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations
Environment Canada

Pia Rasmussen
A/Operations Manager, Coastal District
Environmental Enforcement
Environment Canada

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