Environment Canada

Environment Canada

September 27, 2010 17:21 ET

Claude Resources Inc. Pleads Guilty to Violations of the Fisheries Act

LA RONGE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Sept. 27, 2010) - On September 27, 2010, Claude Resources Inc. pleaded guilty in Provincial Court of three offences under the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations of the Fisheries Act including depositing of an acutely lethal effluent, depositing of effluent containing total suspended solids in excess of the prescribed limits into a place where it may enter water frequented by fish, and the failing to report to an inspector without delay when monitoring tests have exceeded the prescribed limits.

Environment Canada conducted offsite and onsite inspections and a search warrant was also executed at Claude Resources Inc.'s Seabee Gold Mine on June 3, 2009. Charges were laid following an investigation by Environment Canada's Enforcement Officers.

Following the guilty plea, the company was assessed penalties totalling $90,000, of which $40,000 is to be paid as a fine, and $50,000 will be directed to the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation. Under the Fisheries Act, fines may be directed to proponents who undertake work to restore the environment.

The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is a nonprofit, non-government charitable organization dedicated to supporting wildlife conservation, habitat preservation and acquiring habitat for sustaining wildlife.

Environment Canada's enforcement officers investigate potential offences under a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Species at Risk Act; the pollution provisions of Canada's Fisheries Act; the Migratory Birds Contraventions Act, 1994, and Regulation; and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act. They help ensure that companies, government departments and agencies and the general public comply with legislation and regulations that protect Canada's environment.

Egalement offert en francais

Contact Information

  • Environment Canada
    Media Relations
    Environment Canada
    Environmental Enforcement Directorate
    Kent Seigele
    A/Operations Manager, Saskatchewan