Newfoundland & Labrador

Hibernia ordered to pay $250K for failing to prevent 2013 oil spill

Hibernia Management and Development says incident happened due to faulty equipment purchased previous year

Geoff Bartlett - CBC News

October 06, 2017

The Hibernia Management and Development Company says it regrets the spill and has taken action to prevent any future problems. (CBC)

The company responsible for the Hibernia oil platform has been ordered to pay $250,000 in connection with an offshore oil spill in December 2013.

The spill, which happened over the course of two days on Dec. 27 and 28, happened when oil was being pumped from the platform to the tanker Kometik.

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In provincial court Friday, the Hibernia Management and Development Company was found guilty of failing to pump the oil "without ensuring that it could be it could be done without causing pollution," contrary to regulations.

The company has been fined $80,000 for the spill and is ordered to pay an additional $170,000 into an environmental damages fund — to be used for the protection or restoration of the environment in Newfoundland and Labrador, or related research.

A spill occurred in December 2013 when oil was being pumped from the Hibernia oil platform to the tanker Kometik (pictured). (shipspotting.com)

Hibernia Management and Development Company had originally faced four charges but three were withdrawn. The company pleaded guilty to the fourth charge.

In a statement to CBC, the company said it deeply regrets that the spill occurred and has taken action to address what caused it.

It said the incident was due to failure of the offshore loading system, even though the equipment was newly installed in 2012.

"The Hibernia offshore and onshore workforce is committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner," the statement read.

"We have put additional operating procedures, inspections and maintenance routines in place to specifically address the issues we encountered with the equipment."

With files from Glenn Payette
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