Escaping hydrogen sulfide is going to cost Canadian Natural Resources Limited $500,000.
That’s according to Environment and Parks.
The fine is the total amount the company faces after two incidents in 2010 and 2012 resulted in hydrogen sulfide being released at its Horizon facility.
In the first incident CNRL didn’t report the release until several days after it happened.
In the second, the plant’s sulfur recovery unit failed resulting in the gas to escape through a flare stack as it failed to fully combust.
Of the total penalty $425,000 will be directed to researchers from the University of Calgary who will use the funds to research the toxicological effects of chemicals measured in the air around Fort McKay.