— It’s the third time in three years a spill has occurred at the Canadian oilsands.
It happened at the Oak Bay plant, in which workers had to remove a huge amount of hazardous material, including more than 50,000 litres of oil, when a leak developed in the containment vessel.
It was the first spill of the year at the plant, which produces about 60,000 barrels of oil a day, and the second spill of this year.
There was no damage to the plant.
The plant operator, Enbridge, is still paying the fines and the cleanup costs.
There have been three spills since October, with no spills in recent years.
Enbridge is now the fourth company in the industry to be fined for a spill of oil.
At the time, it was Enbridge that was fined for leaking oil into a pond near Lake Ontario.
The company apologized and agreed to pay $5 million in damages.
It also agreed to shut down its Oak Bay facility, a decision that was criticized by environmental groups.
Enfield, the Ontario-based company that operates Oak Bay, said at the time that it will spend the money on environmental restoration.
In June, Enfield said it would start working on a plan to minimize spills at its other two oil sands plants.
The federal government has approved the $8.8 billion, 10-year pipeline project that will transport crude oil from Alberta to refineries in the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Enline is also considering the idea of building its own pipeline, as well as other alternatives.
“The federal government is committed to ensuring that we ensure that we have the right infrastructure to keep our country moving,” Enbridge spokesman Dan Campbell said in a statement.
The environmental movement has been urging the federal government to stop all new oil pipelines and to make sure spills are limited.
“We are calling on the federal governments to do more to address spills,” Greenpeace campaigner and campaigner on pipelines, Sarah Harker, said in an interview.
“If the government is going to be responsible for cleaning up oil spills, then they should be the ones that make sure there are no spills.”
Enbridge has faced more spills in the last decade than any other company.
The oil giant has already paid a total of $11.5 million for the oil and gas spills it has committed to clean up, and $1.3 million of that has already been paid out.
But the company has yet to pay the $2.2 million in fines and other penalties that were issued to other companies involved in the spill.
Enlarge / Oil and gas workers remove an oil spill from the containment vessels at the North American Heavy Oil Co. (NHAO) Enbridge will pay $4.6 million in penalties and a total fine of $7.6 billion over the next 10 years.
In April, Enline paid $2 million to the U:S.
Justice Department and $5.2 in civil penalties and costs.
The other companies to have been fined are: Shell Canada, the U.:S.
government, Enmax Canada, Energy East, Energy Transfer Partners, Exxon Mobil, and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
Encore Energy, the Canadian government-owned company that runs the Oakbay plant, paid $7 million in $3 million penalties and $2,500 in civil fines.
Enland, the Quebec-based oil company that owns the Oakland plant, was fined $3.4 million in civil and criminal penalties and paid $1 million in restitution.
Enlumber Canada, a company that was operating the North Dakota-to-Canada pipeline from 2010 to 2015, paid a $5,000 civil fine and a $2 per barrel fine for violating environmental regulations.