Alberta hog farm pleads guilty to manure dumping charge
Shooter's Hill Livestock will pay $50,000 penalty to environmental fund
LEDUC, Alta.—A hog farm in Leduc, Alta., just south of Edmonton, has pleaded guilty to allowing the “deposit of a deleterious substance” into water frequented by fish.
Shooter’s Hill Livestock Inc. admitted to allowing liquid hog manure to be released into a local creek in court Nov. 25, after an Alberta provincial environmental call centre was notified of the incident in the spring of 2014.
“Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers attended the scene and observed liquid hog manure entering the creek. Numerous dead fish were found in the creek downstream to the point where it enters the North Saskatchewan River. Samples were collected and an investigation was initiated,” the federal agency said.
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s investigation found the hog manure leaked into the creek after the farm’s owner, Simon Goodwin, overfilled a lagoon. The liquid manure then flower overground to the creek.
The $50,000 fine will be directed to Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.