Hibernia pleads not guilty to 2013 crude oil spill on Grand Banks

A leak was first reported by workers on Dec. 18, 2013, from the offshore platform on Newfoundland's Grand Banks.
Hibernia's not guilty plea was entered in provincial court in St. John's on Friday. The case will be back in court in November. (CBC)

The Hibernia Management and Development Company has pleaded not guilty in connection to a crude oil spill that happened almost two years ago. 

A leak was first reported by workers on Dec. 18, 2013, from the offshore platform on the Grand Banks off the coast of Newfoundland.

When the crude spill was stopped in early January 2014, about 6,000 litres had been lost.

In May, the offshore oil regulator — Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board — alleged Hibernia caused the spill, and failed to take steps that would have prevented it.

The board also alleged that Hibernia had restarted work when oil was still leaking into the ocean.

The not guilty plea was entered in provincial court in St. John's on Friday.

The case will be back in court in November.

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