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Nexen Energy ULC fined CAD 290,000 for a violation of the Migratory Birds Convention Act

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) takes its enforcement role very seriously and its enforcement officers strive to ensure that businesses and individuals comply with the ECCC-administered laws and regulations that protect Canada’s natural environment.


Government Press Release 13 Jul 2018, 09:04 PM Canada
  • An Environment and Climate Change Canada investigation revealed that these substances are harmful to migratory birds and that the spill occurred in an area frequented by migratory birds. (Image Credit : Twitter)

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) takes its enforcement role very seriously and its enforcement officers strive to ensure that businesses and individuals comply with the ECCC-administered laws and regulations that protect Canada’s natural environment.

On July 13, 2018, Nexen Energy ULC was ordered to pay a total penalty of $290,000 in the Provincial Court of Alberta, after pleading guilty to one charge under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.  The penalty will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund for the purposes of protecting, conserving and restoring the environment in relation to migratory birds in northeastern Alberta.

On July 15, 2015, a pipeline break occurred at the Nexen Energy ULC Long Lake facility located near Anzac, Alberta. The break released approximately 5000 cubic meters of emulsion product, consisting of bitumen, water and sand, into the environment. An Environment and Climate Change Canada investigation revealed that these substances are harmful to migratory birds and that the spill occurred in an area frequented by migratory birds. 

In addition to the penalties under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, Nexen Energy ULC has pleaded guilty to charges under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. 

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