Oil company fined $56K for failing to clean up drill sites
Western Warner Oils ignored ministerial order, province says
An oil company in Saskatchewan has been fined after failing to clean up its drill sites.
Western Warner Oils Ltd. must pay $56,000 for failing to reclaim four of its drill sites near Preeceville.
The fines follow convictions for failing to comply with the environment minister's order and failing to comply with the terms of a licence, contrary to the Forest Resources Management Act.
In a news release, the government says the company had been exploring for oil on several sites in the provincial forest north of Preeceville, clearing vegetation and installing drilling equipment, but failed to reclaim the sites.
It has also been ordered to clean up the sites and restore them to their natural state within a year.