The Hibernia Management and Development Company has been slapped with what appears to be the largest fine for offshore Newfoundland.
Legislation that toughened the penalties for oil companies convicted of polluting the ocean was brought in about five years ago following the Gulf of Mexico blowout.
Hibernia pleaded guilty in relation to a spill of about 6,000 litres in late December of 2013. An oil sheen was observed as petroleum was being loaded onto a tanker from the Hibernia Platform. Operations ceased, but then resumed without first ensuring that the tasks could be done without causing pollution.
The Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board used search warrants onboard the platform and at HMDC offices in St. John’s during the course of their investigation.
HMDC was ordered by the courts today to pay $80,000 under the Accord Act, and another $170,000 into the Environmental Damages Fund.