FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Painted Pony Energy Ltd. has been fined $235,000 in B.C. Provincial Court for depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds.
The company was sentenced to pay the fine in December after pleading guilty to the charges on May 31, 2017. The initial investigation by Environment Canada enforcement officers revealed that between March and April 2013, 14 deceased migratory birds were observed on the surface of an above-ground containment tank located north of Fort St. John. At the time of the offence, Painted Pony operated fracking sites that included open storage tanks to accommodate fluids used during the fracking process.
Following the incident, Painted Pony employees installed deterrent measures at the containment tank in an effort to prevent additional migratory birds from being attracted to and trapped in the tanks.
As a result of the conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. The court also ordered the company to pay a total penalty of $235,000 that will be dispersed as follows:
- $5,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund;
- $115,000 to Ducks Unlimited Canada;
- $57,500 to the MacKenzie Nature Observatory; and,
- $57,500 to the Oiled Wildlife Society of British Columbia.