CN fined $400,000 for Cheakamus spill
News Services
May 26, 2009

CN Rail will pay $1.8 million in fines for environmental damage as a result of derailments in British Columbia and Alberta in 2005, the railway announced Monday.

The company will pay $1.4 million in penalties after an oil spill at Wabamun Lake, Alta., almost four years ago.

CN Rail pleaded guilty to three charges in Stony Plain provincial court Monday in relation to the accident. In August 2005, 800,000 litres of oil were spilled. CN also pleaded guilty to charges under the Fisheries Act in B.C., and will pay $400,000 for the derailment that wiped out fish populations in the Cheakamus River near Squamish.

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