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Charges laid against Husky Oil Operations Limited in relation to November 2018 spill

Christian Fernsby |
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) has laid three charges against Husky Oil Operations Limited for alleged offences related to a spill of petroleum in the White Rose Field in the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Area (Offshore Area), on or about November 16, 2018.

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Two of the three charges relate to contraventions of the Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Drilling and Production Regulations whereby C-NLOPB Conservation Officers allege that Husky Oil Operations Limited:

- did not ensure that work or activity, that was likely to cause pollution, ceased without delay; and

- having ceased work or activity that was likely to cause pollution, resumed work without ensuring it could do so safely and without pollution.

The third charge relates to a violation of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act, namely, no person shall cause or permit a spill on or from any portion of the Offshore Area.

All three contraventions constitute offences pursuant to paragraph 194(1)(a) of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Accord Implementation Act.

The first appearance is scheduled for November 23, 2021 at Provincial Court in St. John’s, NL.


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