Environment Canada accuses company of violating laws that protect sensitive and threatened species
By Neville Crabbe, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2014 6:29 AM AT Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014 6:29 AM AT
A large number of red-eyed vireos were among the estimated 7,500 migrating songbirds killed by the flare at Canaport LNG in Saint John. (Courtesy of the Migration Research Foundation)
Canaport LNG faces three charges after an estimated 7,500 songbirds flew in to a gas flare at the Saint John plant last September, CBC News has learned.
Kate Shannon, a company spokesperson, confirms Canaport was informed of the charges late last week.
The charges include two alleged violations of the Migratory Birds Convention Act and one from the Species at Risk Act. Each violation carries a maximum fine of $1,000,000 for an indictable offence.
Shannon said the company is considering its options.
"We're currently reviewing the charges as we just received them on Thursday and we will respond in due course," she said.
The charges come one year after federal enforcement officers carried out search warrants at Canaport LNG.
At the time, uniformed Environment Canada officers were monitoring people entering and leaving the facility, but it's unclear what evidence or items were seized.