Friday, Oct 6, 2017
Carefree & Careless
BC Company hit
with massive fine for polluting creek
Chris Hunt, bull trout courtesy of Trout Unlimited website photo.
oday, in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, Teck Coal Limited pleaded guilty to three counts of contravening the Fisheries Act. The court ordered the company to pay a penalty of $1,425,000, which will be directed to the federal Environmental Damages Fund, and used for purposes related to the conservation and protection of fish or fish habitat or the restoration of fish habitat in the East Kootenay region of B.C.
Additionally, Teck Resources will post information regarding this conviction on its website. As a result of this conviction, the company's name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.
Teck Coal's Line Creek Operations is located 25 kilometres north of Sparwood in southeastern British Columbia. On October 17th, 2014, ECCC enforcement officers launched an investigation following a report that fish had been found dead in ponds connected to Line Creek. During the investigation, ECCC enforcement officers found that the effluent from the water treatment facility going into Line Creek was deleterious to fish. Numerous dead fish were found in the Line Creek watershed as a result of this discharge, including Bull trout. Bull trout are identified as a species of special concern in this area of British Columbia.
Line Creek is identified by the Government of British Columbia as part of a "Classified Water" system. This provincial classification means that the water system is seen to have a high fisheries value and it requires special fishing licenses.