Edson company, landowners face provincial charges
The Alberta government has laid Public Lands Act and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act charges against Jade Oilfield Maintenance Company Ltd. and the landowners of the property the company occupies in Yellowhead County.
Jade Oilfield Maintenance Company Ltd. has been charged with five counts under the Public Lands Act relating to the unauthorized occupation and use of public lands and one charge under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for continuing an activity without the required approval or registration. Similarly, Patrick Modeste Paul and Patricia Mary Anderson face five charges under the Public Lands Act.
The common charges under the Public Lands Act include:
- Occupying public lands without a disposition or authorization, an offence contrary to section 56(1)(d) of the act.
- Causing, permitting or suffering activities on public land that is likely to result in loss or damage to public land, contrary to section 54(1)(a.2) of the act.
- Causing, permitting or suffering the existence on public land of any structure or excavation of any kind that is undesirable or otherwise in contravention of the Public Lands Act, an offence contrary to section 54(1)(b) of the act.
Jade Oilfield also faces a single count of operating a pit without approval or registration, an offence contrary to section 61 of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
The next court appearance is set for Oct. 3, 2017 in Edson.
Alberta Environment and Parks 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 legislation, Environment and Parks has a range of options, depending on the offence, to ensure compliance with environmental regulations.