Nova Scotia Power Incorporated fined for violating the Fisheries Act

June 21, 2022 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Environment and Climate Change Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to protecting the health, safety and environment of Canadians. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) enforces several laws that protect Canada’s air, water and natural environment, and we take pollution incidents and threats to the environment very seriously.

On June 16, Nova Scotia Power Incorporated was sentenced in the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia and ordered to pay $175,000 after pleading guilty to one charge under the Fisheries Act. The charge relates to an oil spill into Tufts Cove (a part of the Halifax Harbour) that occurred on August 2, 2018. The fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.

On August 3, 2018, ECCC enforcement officers responded to a report of a heavy oil spill at the Nova Scotia Power Incorporated Tufts Cove power generation facility. The officers inspected the site of the spill and found what appeared to be oil on the rocks and in the water adjacent to the power plant. The officers collected samples for laboratory analysis, which concluded that the heavy oil spilled was deleterious to fish. Nova Scotia Power Incorporated stated the spill occurred after a corroded pipe failed.

As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry. The Environmental Offenders Registry contains information on convictions of corporations registered for offences committed under certain federal environmental laws.

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