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Oilsands company fined for contravening water licence

Grizzly Oil Sands to pay $100,000 for Water Act breach

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta.—An Alberta oilsands exploration company has been fined $100,000 for breaking the terms of a water licence issued under the Water Act.

Grizzly Oil Sands ULC of Fort McMurray pleaded guilty to breaching the conditions of a licence that allowed the company to temporarily divert water.

The court decided against the maximum fine of $500,000 due to “significant mitigating circumstances” where a contracted employee provided false information about water use for several of the company’s projects.

According to court documents, Grizzly Oil Sands says it terminated its contract with Ulliac Oilfield Consulting Ltd. after learning it filed a false report to Alberta Environment.

Jason Denis Ulliac is facing separate charges for violating the Water Act and is scheduled to appear in Alberta Provincial Court on April 10.

Almost all of the money—more than $90,000—is to go to a program that revegetates boreal wetlands.

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