Irving Oil pleads guilty to crude oil transportation charges
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.