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  • Hibernia Deeply Regrets 2013 Spill off Newfoundland Coast

    (Photo: Hibernia website)

    Hibernia Management and Development says it deeply regrets a 2013 spill 315 km off the coast of Newfoundland.

    The company was slapped with a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to the leak of 6,000 litres of crude oil from the Hibernia platform between December 27th of 2013 and January 1st of 2014.

    The Canada-Newfoundland Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board used search warrants to gain access to the platform and HMDC offices in St. John’s during the investigation.

    The company was ordered to pay $80,000 under the Accord Act and another $170,000 dollars to the Environmental Damages Fund.

    A statement from the company says the incident was caused by equipment failure, although the offshore loading system equipment was newly installed.

    The company says it has put in additional operating procedures, inspections and maintenance routines to address the issues encountered with the equipment.

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