B.C. company responds to ocean fertilization lawsuit

A corporation involved in a controversial ocean-fertilization experiment off British Columbia's coast has responded to a lawsuit launched by a former business partner.

Haida Salmon Restoration Corp. says former business partner Russ George made false, misleading claims

An experimental project in which 100 tonnes of iron-rich dirt-like material were dumped into the ocean off B.C.'s north coast has sparked controversy. The yellow and brown areas indicate relatively high concentrations of plankton in August 2013. (Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center)

A corporation involved in a controversial ocean-fertilization experiment off British Columbia's coast has responded to a lawsuit launched by a former business partner.

The experiment saw 100 metric tonnes of iron-rich dust dumped into the Pacific in July 2012 in the belief it would feed salmon and capture carbon.

Last month, Russ George launched a civil lawsuit against the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation and others involved in the project.

He alleged he was wrongly frozen out of the venture and subjected to false, defamatory and malicious accusations by his former partners.

But the corporation has filed a response in B-C Supreme Court, alleging George made false and misleading claims to persuade the company to proceed with the experiment.

The document also says George contributed little and did not have the expertise he claimed and alleges he removed equipment and data from the company's shuttered office.

None of the allegations levied by either George or the corporation have been tested in court.