Rettie entered a guilty plea on Dec. 20 to one count of contravening a term or condition of a licence under Section 142(1)(e) of the Water Act for failing to monitor and record the total number of cubic metres of water diverted from production wells.

He was sentenced to a $2,500 fine, inclusive of the victim surcharge, plus a two-year probation order.

Quick facts

  • A separate related matter is still before the courts.

  • The Criminal Code allows prosecutors the flexibility to ensure guilty pleas are entered as best describing an offence. Upon entry of a guilty plea, the judge can impose the sentence they determine appropriate.

  • Alberta’s Water Act supports and promotes the conservation and management of water in Alberta.

  • The Water Act addresses Albertans’ rights to divert water, the types of instruments and decision-making processes available for diversion and use of water, and enforcement measures available to ensure the goals of the act are met.