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Oil sands contractor fined $10,000 under Water Act

The province has fined a contractor $10,000 for giving false or misleading information about how much water a Fort McMurray oil sands company used.

Jason Ulliac pled guilty after his company, Ulliac Oilfield Consulting Limited gave the province the information in 2011.

Because of the false information, the company he had been contracted by ended up using about 27,000 square metres more water than what was licensed.

By the end of August he’ll pay $1,000 to the province and put $9,000 into a trust for the RiverWatch Institute of Alberta.

It’s dedicated to educating junior and senior high school students about water quality and management and assist with buying a raft for the institute and cover costs of a field trip program.

He’s also not allowed to have an industry job for a year and will have an article relating to his offenses published in the Environmental Services Association of Alberta’s weekly news.

May 31st, 2013