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Alberta lays environmental charges after leak

Sonic Oilfield Service Ltd. faces three charges for releasing environmentally damaging substance.


December 17, 2012
by The Canadian Press

MEDICINE HAT, Alta.—The Alberta government has laid charges against a Medicine Hat oilfield service company under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

The charges stem from a joint investigation with the City of Medicine Hat’s Fire Department, Public Services Division and Environmental Utilities into a release of a volatile and highly flammable petroleum product in June 2011.

The Alberta government did not say what the petroleum product was or how and where it was released.

Sonic Oilfield Service Ltd. is charged with three counts of releasing or permitting the release of a substance into the environment that may cause a significant adverse effect

Other charges include failing to report the release of a substance into the environment that may cause an adverse effect and improper disposal of waste.

The company’s first court appearance is set for Jan. 15 in Medicine Hat.

The Alberta government did not say what the petroleum product was and how it was released.

©The Canadian Press