It looks like Nexen Energy will have to pay up after violating regulations set to protect the environment.
That’s according to Environment and Climate Change Canada who are charging the oil giant under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
On Friday, the oil company was ordered to pay $290,000 in Provincial Court after pleading guilty to one charge under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.
Back in July of 2015, a pipeline break occurred at the Long Lake facility located near Anzac – releasing 5000 cubic metres of emulsion product into the environment.
An investigation by the ECCC revealed the substances to be harmful to migratory birds and that the spill occurred in an area where those birds frequent.
The penalty will be paid to the Federal Government’s Environmental Damages Fund for protecting, conserving and restoring the population of migratory birds in Northeastern Alberta.