Death of 7500 migratory birds results in $750,000 penalty to Canaport LNG Limited Partnership

November 24, 2015 - Saint John, New Brunswick

Canaport LNG Limited Partnership was ordered to pay a total penalty of $750,000 on November 5, 2015, in New Brunswick Provincial court after pleading guilty to charges under both the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, and the Species at Risk Act.

Environment Canada’s investigation revealed that on September 13th and 14th, 2013 estimated mortalities in excess of 7,500 birds resulted from direct or indirect contact with burning natural gas from a flare stack operated at the Canaport LNG facility.

Identification of the dead birds revealed that 26 separate species of migratory birds were killed. Four of the dead birds were Canada Warblers, a “threatened species” listed under the Species at Risk Act.

Of the $750,000 penalty, $25,000 will be paid as a fine pursuant to the Species at Risk Act, and $125,000 will be paid to the Environmental Damages Fund for the purpose of promoting the proper management, conservation and protection of migratory birds and their habitat. The remaining $600,000 will be allocated as follows:

In addition, the company has been ordered to monitor the bird migration forecast for the Bay of Fundy region, on a weekly basis, using the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s regional migration forecast website and to take appropriate actions to mitigate mortality of migrating birds.

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