Irv­ing Oil pleads guilty to crude oil trans­porta­tion charges

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

Irv­ing Oil Com­mer­cial GP has pleaded guilty to 34 charges un­der the Trans­porta­tion of Dan­ger­ous Goods Act. The of­fenses were com­mit­ted over an eight-month pe­riod, from Novem­ber 2012 to July 2013 and in­volved rail trans­porta­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 14,000 cars of crude oil for Irv­ing Oil.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice of Canada on Thurs­day, the Pro­vin­cial Court in Saint John, NB, or­dered Irv­ing to pay fines to­tal­ing $400,320. It will also have to pay a con­tri­bu­tion of nearly $3.6 mil­lion for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of re­search pro­grams in the field of safety stan­dards un­der the Trans­porta­tion of Dan­ger­ous Goods Act and its reg­u­la­tions. The com­pany will also have to sub­mit a cor­rec­tive ac­tion plan and fol­low up with Trans­port Canada.

Fol­low­ing the train de­rail­ment in Lacmé­gan­tic in 2013, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Trans­port Canada and the RCMP re­vealed that Irv­ing Oil had not com­plied with all ap­pli­ca­ble safety re­quire­ments by not clas­si­fy­ing the crude oil that it was car­ry­ing by rail as a dan­ger­ous good.

In ad­di­tion, the shipping doc­u­ments on board the trains were in­cor­rect. Irv­ing Oil also failed to train its em­ploy­ees prop­erly in the trans­porta­tion of dan­ger­ous goods, an­other of­fense un­der the Act.

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