Alberta-based Chinook Fuels Ltd. has been fined $60,000 after pleading guilty to the transfer of petroleum products into unregistered tanks, failure to register tanks with Environment Canada, and failure to have tanks installed by a party approved to do so within the province.
An Alberta Provincial Court directs the fine to the Environmental Damages Fund for offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
Storage tank systems on federally regulated land must display identification numbers issued by Environment Canada.
“This is designed to stop the delivery of fuel to unidentified tanks, thus compelling the owners to register their tanks with Environment Canada so that inspections can be conducted,” Environment Canada said in a statement. “Under this act, owners of storage tank systems that are in use must ensure that they have been identified to the Minister of Environment, display the identification number prior to operation, and are installed by an approved person or professional engineer.
Environment Canada enforcement personnel conduct inspections and investigations under a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
The Environmental Damages Fund, which is administered by Environment Canada, was created in 1995 to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders and voluntary payments for the repair of the actual harm done to the environment.