This release was issued under a previous government.

The incidents occurred between December 15, 2008 and May 29, 2009 near Conklin. Investigators found that water diverted from waterbodies was not covered by the company’s temporary diversion licence, more water was diverted than permitted and water diversions were not monitored as required. The company also underestimated the volume of water diverted in a report to regulators.

The penalty includes a creative sentence that directs $185,000 towards the creation of an online training portal to communicate best practices for surface water diversion to the oil and gas industry in Alberta. The online portal will be hosted by industry associations representing those companies that explore for and produce oil and gas in Canada. The remaining $5,000 will be paid as a fine.

Alberta Environment and Water focuses on education, prevention and enforcement to ensure all Albertans continue to enjoy a clean and healthy environment. When individuals or companies fail to comply with our legislation, Alberta Environment and Water has a range of options depending on the offence to ensure compliance with our environmental regulations.

To view Alberta Environment and Water’s recent compliance and enforcement actions, visit

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