La Compagnie de Location d’Autos Enterprise Canada - conviction information for 2023-04-04

Corporation details
Corporation name: La Compagnie de Location d’Autos Enterprise Canada
Address: 950, Jean-Paul Laframboise street
City: Dorval
Province/territory: Quebec
Postal code: H9P 1A7
Country: Canada
Sector or industry: 488 - Support activities for transportation
Case details
Location of offense: 950, Jean-Paul Laframboise street, Dorval, Quebec
Case summary:
On January 4, 2021, a delivery of approximately 20,000 liters of regular gasoline was made to an Enterprise Canada Car Rental Company service center in Dorval. The fuel was transferred to the sampling line of the 5,000-litre hydrocarbon separator, rather than to the underground tank filler box. This incident resulted in the release of some 15,000 liters of gasoline into the stormwater system, eventually reaching the fish-bearing waters of Ruisseau Bouchard, which flows into Lake Saint-Louis. 
The incident was caused by the negligence of Enterprise Canada Car Rental, who failed to identify the filling pipe, failed to supervise delivery and had no procedures in place to detect leaks.

Emergency responses to the release were undertaken by provincial and municipal agencies. Characterization and recovery activities took place from January to April 2021. A large quantity of gasoline was recovered during these activities.
Section 40(2) of the .
Enforcement notification: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Canada fined $1 million for Fisheries Act violation
Result: Guilty Plea
Date of conviction: 2023-04-04
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 36(3)
Date of sentencing: 2023-04-04
Location of sentencing: Montreal
  • Fine
Amount of fine(s): $1,000,000
Sentencing details:
On April 4, 2023, in Quebec court, Enterprise Car Rental Canada pleaded guilty to one count of contravening subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act. A fine of $1,000,000. The entire fine will be paid to the Government of Canada's Environmental Damages Fund.
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