Motocross park fined for environmental violation
A Prince Edward Island dirt-bike track has been fined $3,000 for failing to comply with an environmental order.
Mudrooters is a moto-cross track in the south-shore community of DeSable. The company pleaded guilty in provincial court Monday to failure to comply with a ministerial order that was issued in January 2012. That order required the track owners to properly mulch exposed soil, to build a drainage ditch and to hire an environmental or engineering consultant to ensure the work was done properly.
Crown attorney Jeff MacDonald said none of that work was done.
Volunteers with the local watershed committee have complained for years about silt in a nearby creek, and environment officials have identified Mudrooters as the source.
Mudrooters has been fined twice before for environmental infractions.
Mudrooters director Allan MacQuarrie told court that the private company provides young people with a safe place to ride dirt bikes, but lacked money and resources to comply with the environmental order.
MacQuarrie told CBC Thursday he doesn't know if Mudrooters will be open for business this year.