Charges laid re­gard­ing Oc­to­ber 2013 Obed Moun­tain Coal Mine spill

The McLeod River Post - - The Patch - Spe­cial to the Post

Charges have been laid against Coal Val­ley Resources Inc. (CVRI) and Sher­ritt In­ter­na­tional Cor­po­ra­tion op­er­at­ing as Sher­ritt Coal re­lat­ing to a spill from a waste­water con­tain­ment pond that oc­curred in Oc­to­ber 2013.

Six charges have been laid fol­low­ing the spill from a waste­water con­tain­ment pond at the Obed Moun­tain Coal Mine on Oc­to­ber 13, 2013 ap­prox­i­mately 30 km east of Hin­ton. At the time of the spill, CVRI, a sub­sidiary of Sher­ritt In­ter­na­tional Cor­po­ra­tion, op­er­ated the mine. The charges are for con­tra­ven­tions of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act (EPEA), the Pub­lic Lands Act (PLA), and the Wa­ter Act. The leak con­tam­i­nated two trib­u­taries of the Athabasca River. First ap­pear­ance is sched­uled for Jan­uary 20, 2016, in Hin­ton Pro­vin­cial Court.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was trans­ferred to the Al­berta En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor from Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment and Parks (for­merly Al­berta En­vi­ron­ment and Sus­tain­able Re­source De­vel­op­ment) when the AER as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­i­ties un­der the EPEA and the Wa­ter Act on March 29, 2014.

The Al­berta En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor en­sures the safe, ef­fi­cient, or­derly, and en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble de­vel­op­ment of hy­dro­car­bon resources over their en­tire life cy­cle. This in­cludes al­lo­cat­ing and con­serv­ing wa­ter resources, man­ag­ing pub­lic lands, and pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment while pro­vid­ing eco­nomic ben­e­fits for all Al­ber­tans.

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