Fines laid after environmental violation on Mosquito First Nation

By Brady Lang
June 4, 2018 - 2:00pm

A First Nation and their band administrator have been fined for an environmental violation.

Mosquito Grizzly Bear's Head Lean Man First Nation and their band administrator, Arnold Moosomin, were sentenced in the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan May 24. The fines come from the First Nation and administration failing to meet the requirements of an environmental compliance order.

The First Nation will have to pay $100,000, while Moosomin was ordered to pay $5,000. The funds will go to the Environmental Damages Fund.

Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers issued an environmental protection compliance order in 2014 after an investigation to ensure compliance with their storage tank systems. Charges were laid against the First Nation in 2015 after it was determined they had failed to comply with the terms of the order, and the parties were found guilty following a trial.

According to a press release, the purpose of the storage tank systems for petroleum products and allied petroleum products regulations is to reduce the risk of contaminating soil and groundwater due to spills and leaks of petroleum products from storage tank systems.


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