Feds investigate pipeline company after Alberta spill report by Canadian Press, March 6, 2014, Calgary Herald
The federal government is investigating laying charges against a U.S.-based pipeline company after a damning report by an Alberta regulator into a 2012 spill. “Environment Canada’s Enforcement Branch has an ongoing investigation into this incident to determine if a contravention of federal environmental legislation has occurred, and continues to work in cooperation with provincial regulatory authorities,” said department spokesman Mark Johnson. Alberta is also looking into whether charges will be laid under provincial legislation. Both governments declined to comment further while the investigation is under way.
Governments have two years after the incident to lay charges, putting the deadline at June 7. Last year, Environment Canada fined 13 companies for violations of the Fisheries Act or the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. [Emphasis added]
[Refer also to:
Alberta Energy Regulator report on Plains Midstream leak shows Alberta government monitoring failing; The company knew the pipeline had problems for 4 years before the terrible spill in the Red Deer River
Attorney General Bill Schuette: Encana and Chesapeake Energy criminally charged with colluding to keep oil and gas lease prices artificially low in Michigan; Also face separate, federal antitrust investigation by Department of Justice
Source: EnCana Corporation Site Investigation Report by Hydrogeological Consultants Ltd., January 2005
“EnCana admits it fractured into an aquifer at 05-14-27-22-W4, west of Rosebud, but says water wasn’t contaminated.”