Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Canada company - conviction information for 2018-02-05

Corporation details
Corporation name: Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Canada company
Address: 191 Victoria street
City: Farnham
Province/territory: Quebec
Postal code: J2N 1S3
Country: Canada
Sector or industry: 482 - Rail transportation
Case details
Location of offense: Megantic lake, Quebec
Case summary: On the night of July 5 to 6, 2013, a train composed of five locomotives owned by Montreal Maine & Atlantic Canada Co., and seventy-two tankers filled with crude oil derailed and exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Forty-seven people lost their lives in the disaster, and an estimated 300,000 litres of crude oil were released into Megantic Lake and the Chaudière River. Crude oil is a deleterious substance under the Fisheries Act.
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Enforcement notification: Company found guilty of Fisheries Act violation in Lac-Mégantic derailment case
Result: Guilty (Court Decision)
Date of conviction: 2018-02-05
Court level: Provincial and Territorial Court
Nature of offense(s):
  • Allowed the deposit of a deleterious substance
Additional details about the nature of the offense:
Legislative details
Act Regulations Section(s)
Pollution Prevention provisions (subsection 36(3)) of the Fisheries Act 40(2)b)
Date of sentencing: 2018-02-05
Location of sentencing: Quebec
  • Penalty for the EDF
Amount of fine(s): $1,000,000
Sentencing details:

On February 5, 2018, before the Court of Quebec, Montreal Maine & Atlantic Canada Co. was found guilty of illegally spilling crude oil, a deleterious substance, into Megantic Lake and the Chaudière River, which are waters frequented by fish, in violation of the Fisheries Act.

The company was fined $1,000,000, which will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF). This amount should be used to support projects aimed at conserving, protecting and restoring the habitat of Megantic Lake and the Chaudière River.

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