Tamarack Acquisition Corp. has been ordered to pay an $80,000 penalty after pleading guilty in provincial court to one charge under Alberta’s Water Act.
Tamarack received a temporary diversion licence from the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to withdraw groundwater for well drilling operations near Veteran, Alta. between Jan. 2017 and April 2018.
As water was being withdrawn from the ground, Tamarack did not record how much water it was withdrawing.
Instead, the company recorded this information after the fact breaking a condition of the licence it received from the AER.
The Veteran area is home to many diverse wetlands, as well as birds and other wildlife.
The penalty includes a fine of $2,000 with the remaining $78,000 to be directed to creative sentencing projects that educate landowners and other non-industry stakeholders on requirements companies must follow when using water for energy development.
The penalty follows charges that the AER laid against Tamarack earlier this year.