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Charges laid in connection to fuel tanker spill in the Kootenays

Charges have been laid in connection to a 2013 fuel tanker spill in the West Kootenay.

A truck that was transporting jet fuel went off a forestry road and into Lemon Creek.

Chris Doyle from the B.C. Conservation Service says the charges were made under the federal Fisheries Act.

“Federal crown council approved charges against the province of B.C., Executive Flight Centre, and the driver of the truck involved,” he said.

The tanker spilled 33 thousand litres of fuel into the waterway, which leads into the Slocan and Kootenay Rivers.

READ MORE:  Evacuation order for thousands in Slocan Valley after jet fuel spill in Lemon Creek

Water quality was impacted as dead fish floated to the surface of the creek.

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The truck driver was delivering the fuel to helicopters that were fighting a nearby wildfire when he ventured off onto the forest service road.

The company claimed it received poor directions to the delivery point from the province.

 

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