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Environmental charges laid against oil sands developer and environmental consultant

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Government of Alberta

Environmental charges laid against oil sands developer and environmental consultant
The Alberta government has laid multiple charges under Alberta’s Water Act against an oil sands developer and an environmental consultant. The charges stem from an investigation into three oil sands exploration projects undertaken between December 2010 and March 2011 near Fort McMurray.
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Edmonton - December 8, 2012 - The Alberta government has laid multiple charges under Alberta’s Water Act against an oil sands developer and an environmental consultant. The charges stem from an investigation into three oil sands exploration projects undertaken between December 2010 and March 2011 near Fort McMurray.

These exploration projects required the use of an approved amount of surface water to freeze access roads and to drill exploration holes. Ulliac Oilfield Consulting Ltd. and owner Jason Ulliac are charged with 10 counts under the Act for allegedly providing false or misleading information about the volume of water diverted from five different water sources for three projects.

Another 20 counts were laid against Grizzly Oil Sands ULC, Grizzly Oil Sands Inc., Ulliac Oilfield Consultants Ltd., and Jason Ulliac for allegedly:

- contravening a term or condition of a licence concerning nine different water bodies (by exceeding licenced amounts);
- failing to provide information (namely how much water was diverted from those water bodies); and,
- using an incorrectly-sized pump intake screen.

The first court appearance is set for January 16, 2013 in Fort McMurray.

Environment and Sustainable Resource Development focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to ensure all Albertans continue to enjoy a clean and healthy environment. When individuals or companies fail to comply with legislation, Environment and Sustainable Resource Development has a range of options, depending on the offence, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

To view Environment and Sustainable Resource Development’s recent compliance and enforcement actions, visit http://environment.alberta.ca/0942.html.


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