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Coal company Teck fined $60M for contaminating B.C. rivers

Last Updated Mar 26, 2021 at 11:23 am MDT

Teck Mining Company's zinc and lead smelting and refining complex is pictured in Trail, B.C., on Monday November 26, 2012. Teck Resources Ltd. confirms that it has dropped its membership in the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the group that represents companies that produce about 80 per cent of Canada's oil and gas.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

FERNIE, B.C. — Coal company Teck Coal is being assessed fines totalling $60 million for contaminating waterways in southern British Columbia.

Crown prosecutor Alexander Clarkson said the fines are the largest ever under the Fisheries Act.

Teck pleaded guilty to two charges of releasing selenium and calcite into the Elk and Fording Rivers in 2012.

The company has several coal mines operating in the area.

Clarkson said the fine amounts to $80,000 per offence per day.

Vickie Thomas of the local Ktunaxa First Nation says the contamination has alienated the people from their land and water.

 

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