Produits Suncor Énergie S.E.N.C. - conviction information for 2019-07-05

Corporation details
Corporation name: Produits Suncor Énergie S.E.N.C.
Address: 9, Lebrun Avenue
City: Rimouski
Province/territory: Quebec
Postal code: G5L 2P8
Country: Canada
Sector or industry: 412 - Petroleum and petroleum products merchant wholesalers
Case details
Location of offense: 9, Lebrun Avenue, Rimouski, Quebec
Case summary: On or around January 1, 2015, a gasoline spill occurred at the Suncor Energy Products Partnership oil terminal in Rimouski, in which 140,000 litres of gasoline was released from a tank into a containment dike. On March 11, 2015, when excavation was being carried out in the street adjacent to the terminal, it was discovered that the gasoline that had spilled into the containment dike during the events of January 1, 2015, had migrated into the soil outside the containment dike and ended up in the water at the bottom of the excavation. Suncor Energy Products Partnership failed to report the environmental emergency to ECCC, namely, the release of gasoline that occurred on March 11, 2015.
201(1)a) Canadian Environmental Proctection Act (1999)
Enforcement notification:
Result: Guilty Plea
Date of conviction: 2019-07-05
Court level: Provincial and Territorial Court
Nature of offense(s):
  • Other
Additional details about the nature of the offense: Failure to report an environmental emergency to Environment and Climate Change Canada as soon as possible
Legislative details
Act Regulations Section(s)
Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) CEPA - Section(s) 201 (1)a)
Date of sentencing: 2019-07-05
Location of sentencing: Rimouski
  • Penalty for the EDF
Amount of fine(s): $100,000
Sentencing details:
On July 5, 2019, before the Court of Quebec in Rimouski, Suncor Energy Products Partnership pleaded guilty to one count of contravening paragraph 201(1)a) of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 for failing to report an environmental emergency to ECCC as soon as possible in the circumstances, namely, the release of gasoline that occurred on March 11, 2015, thus committing an offence under subparagraph 272(3)b)(i) of CEPA.

Suncor Energy Products Partnership was ordered to pay a fine of $100,000, all of which will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund
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