Petro-Canada fined for waste oil discharge
Peterborough, ON -- Petro-Canada has been fined $37,000, plus a 25% victim fine surcharge after being found guilty...
Peterborough, ON — Petro-Canada has been fined $37,000, plus a 25% victim fine surcharge after being found guilty of two offences under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA), according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
In 1997 the ministry issued Petro-Canada a certificate of approval for a sewage works at its bulk fuel depot in Peterborough, Ont. The Court heard that the installed sewage works contained an oil interceptor that was significantly smaller than the one approved by the ministry. The Court also heard that in August 2000, waste oil discharged from the oil interceptor into a nearby ditch which flows to Byersville Creek and to Otonabee River and that the discharge was caused by the installation of the improperly sized interceptor.
Petro-Canada was found guilty of establishing a sewage works not in accordance with a certificate of approval, contrary to section 53(1) of the OWRA and was fined $12,000. The company was also found guilty of discharging or causing or permitting the discharge of waste oil into a drainage ditch that may impair the quality of the water, contrary to section 30(1) of the OWRA and was fined $25,000.