November 5, 2015 1:48 pm

Canaport pleads guilty to killing 7,500 birds that flew into burning flare at gas facility

Canaport liquefied natural gas facility in New Brunswick pleaded guilty to killing 7,500 birds that flew into a flare burning at the plant.

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Canaport LNG LP has pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with the death of about 7,500 birds that flew into a burning flare at a gas facility in New Brunswick.

A provincial court judge ordered the company to pay $750,000, which will be distributed to numerous environmental and wildlife organizations.

The company was originally charged with three violations in October 2014 but one of the charges was dropped today.

Charges against two other companies – Irving Canaport GP and Repsol Canada – have also been dropped.

An investigation was launched by Environment Canada after thousands of migrating birds were killed in September 2013 while excess gas was being burned-off at the facility in Saint John.

The flare tower at the Canaport liquefied natural gas receiving and regasification terminal is about 30 metres tall.

Flaring is used to maintain normal operating pressure by burning off excess natural gas.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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