Watershed projects to receive some money from pipeline leak fines

Distribution of fines for a Calgary-based company responsible for spills at Sundre and Little Buffalo has been settled, including $380,000 made available to fund restoration and improvement projects.

Distribution of fines for a Calgary-based company responsible for spills at Sundre and Little Buffalo has been settled, including $380,000 made available to fund restoration and improvement projects.

Early in June, Plains Midstream Canada was ordered to pay $1.3 million in fines and restitution in connection with two separate pipeline breaks.

Plains Midstream had pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court early to charges laid after a pipeline ruptured near Little Buffalo, a small community near Peace River, in April of 2011. The company also pleaded guilty to charges laid after a pipeline failed under the Red Deer River, downstream from Sundre, in June of 2012.

In Red Deer provincial court on Thursday, Judge Jim Hunter made an order approving a plan that lays out how the money is to be distributed:

*In connection with the Sundre spill, the company will pay $20,000 in fines to the federal government and provide $380,000 to the federal Environmental Damage Fund. Hunter ordered that the EDF give priority to projects within the Red Deer River watershed in distributing those funds. The money is available to eligible non-profit groups and to municipal and provincial governments, but not for any business or commercial applications.

*Also in connection with Sundre, the company will pay $225,000 in fines to the province. In addition, it will provide $157,800 to the Alberta Conservation Association for a variety of projects in the watershed between Sundre and Red Deer as well as $67,200 to University of Lethbridge researcher Stewart Rood for a reclamation project in the area affected by the spill.

*In connection with the Little Buffalo spill, the company will pay $225,000 in fines to the province and will provide $225,000 to the Alberta Conservation Association for projects at the Joker Lake Fishery and Reinwood Lake conservation site. Any money left over can be used for other ACA projects in the area.

Hunter stated in making his order that efforts should be made to ensure that members of the public are made aware that funds will be available for environmental projects within the Red Deer River watershed.

He gave Plains Midstream until July 30 to pay.

bkossowan@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

WATCH: Rappelling down Red Deer’s Stantec Building a thrilling, scary experience

Advocate reporter chronicles his trip down the 13-storey buildling

Red Deer raises $60,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

27 brave residents rappell down Stantec Building

People hurt in rollover near Red Deer

Occupants of a vehicle that rolled south of Hwy 11A were airlifted… Continue reading

Eager-beaver cannabis entrepreneurs already waiting outside Red Deer City Hall

Appications will be accepted on a first-come basis starting on Tuesday

Like father like son: Red Deer area Dreeshen family dedicates life to public service

There are three jobs that could be considered the Dreeshen family business:… Continue reading

WATCH: Gazebo groundbreaking in Waskasoo

Fifty per cent of the $100,000 project is funded by a provincial government grant

Woman killed in collision near Olds

A woman is dead after a collision west of Olds Saturday afternoon.… Continue reading

Evacuation numbers remain at nearly 1,000 as B.C. wildfires rage on

SUMMERLAND, B.C. — Officials in British Columbia’s Okanagan region hope that fire… Continue reading

Survivors recount deadly Missouri duck boat sinking

BRANSON, Mo. — “Grab the baby!” Those were the last words Tia… Continue reading

HMCS St. John’s to return to Halifax after six-month deployment overseas

HALIFAX — The countdown is on for the homecoming of a Halifax-class… Continue reading

Trump says lawyer taping him may be ‘illegal’

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — The Latest on President Donald Trump and his onetime… Continue reading

Spieth part of 3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jordan Spieth has a share of the lead in… Continue reading

WWII hero’s lost Purple Heart returned to his family

NEW YORK — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to… Continue reading

California girl, 2, accidentally shot and killed by boy, 4

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy accidentally shot and… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month