De Beers Canada fined $350,000 for violating oil product storage rules
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De Beers Canada fined $350,000 for violating oil product storage rules

Clean Arctic  
08-01-2022
 

De Beers Canada has been fined $350,000 for a diesel spill at its former Snap Lake mine in the Northwest Territories, piquenewsmagazine.com reported.

On Monday, the diamond company was found guilty by the Yellowknife Territorial Court on charges of violating the rules for storing petroleum products in tanks brought under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

According to Environment and Climate Change Canada, an investigation found that up to 1,125 liters of diesel fuel were spilled between two above-ground tanks at the mine during a transfer in December 2017.

The money from the fine will go to the National Environmental Damage Fund, which supports projects that benefit the environment.

As a result of the diesel spill, De Beers Canada will now be placed on the register of environmental offenders.

The Snap Lake Mine, which ceased production at the end of 2015, is a fully underground diamond mine 220 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife. The development of the deposit was De Beers' first mining operation outside of Africa.

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