|A roundup of important new legislation, regulations, government announcements and court cases that we covered in the Environmental Compliance Insider in 2013.
LAW OF THE YEAR
In Nov., the Environment Minister announced the proclamation of amendments to The Environmental Assessment Amendment Act, 2010 that:
CASE OF THE YEAR
Oil Company Convicted of Failing to Reclaim Well Sites
An oil company was charged with failing to comply with the terms of its drilling license and an order by not reclaiming three well sites. The court said the evidence was overwhelming that no reclamation of any kind was done on any of these sites. So there was no point considering due diligence as to compliance with its license, which clearly required it to reclaim these sites, and the subsequent order. Thus, the court convicted it of both charges [R. v. Western Warner Oils Ltd.,  SKPC 177 (CanLII), Oct. 22, 2013].
OTHER NOTABLE CASES
Man and Company Fined $11,200 for Altering Lake’s Shoreline
The MOE launched an investigation after a complaint that a significant amount of sand had been added to the shoreline at Birch Lake. As a result, a man and a company were convicted of violating The Environmental Management and Protection Act for altering the shoreline without a permit and failing to comply with an Environmental Protection Order to clean up the altered site and restore the shoreline to its original state. The court fined the man $9,800 and the company $1,400 [James Reinhart and 627050 Saskatchewan Ltd., Govt. News Release, Aug. 30, 2013].
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