Criminal trial over Lemon Creek, B.C., fuel spill begins
In 2013 a tanker truck spilled more than 30,000 litres of jet fuel into Lemon Creek and Slocan Valley
A criminal trial over a massive fuel spill in the Slocan Valley is underway in Nelson.
In July 2013, a tanker truck carrying fuel for helicopters fighting a forest fire overturned, gushing about 33,000 litres of fuel into Lemon Creek.
The accident led to a mass evacuation and a $4-million cleanup.
The Ministry of Transportation, Executive Flight Centre Fuel Services and driver Danny Lasante all face eight charges under the Fisheries Act.
Private charges were laid by local resident Marilyn Burgoon, and then taken over by the Crown.
"I think it's time to have justice for the public. I am really glad it went from a private prosecution to a public prosecution. I think that is an important step for our community," said Burgoon, who was in court on Monday.
In February, the province plead not guilty.
While the criminal trial goes on, a civil case is being prepared on behalf of the residents of Slocan Valley.