Coal Mining Company Penalized
Prairie Mines pleads guilty to Obed Mine spill charges
The coal mining company responsible for contaminating a northern Alberta river system has received one of the largest penalties for a single release in Alberta history under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA).
Prairie Mines & Royalty ULC will have to pay a penalty of $925 000 as a result of a spill that contaminated water and damaged the creek bed of two tributaries of the Athabasca River. In addition to the penalty levied under Alberta’s EPEA, the company has pleaded guilty to charges under the federal Fisheries Act.
The spill occurred in October 2013 at the Obed Mountain Coal Mine, about 30 kilometres east of Hinton, Alberta. Full details on the penalty are available on the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) website.