Quebec Refinery Fined $500K For Fisheries Act Violations

Environment and Climate Change Canada reports that, on February 24, 2017, Valero Energy Inc.–Jean Gaulin Refinery (formerly Ultramar Ltd.) in Lévis, Quebec, pleaded guilty to six counts, and was sentenced to pay the sum of $500,000.

The investigation conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada found that Valero Energy Inc.-Jean Gaulin Refinery had failed on six occasions: to comply with a directive requiring rehabilitation and environmental monitoring work issued following the deposit of a deleterious substance in water frequented by fish.

The company was order to pay a $120,000 fine for failing to comply with an order issued by an officer, thereby committing an offence under paragraph 40(3)(g) of the Fisheries Act. The court also ordered the company to pay the sum of $380,000, pursuant to paragraph 79.2(f), for the financial benefits it obtained through these violations.

The total amount will be deposited in the Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Valero Energy Inc. will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.


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