New Gold Incorporated and their Rainy River project site is facing a $100,000 fine for an offence under the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act of Ontario.
Court heard that in 2015, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry provided New Gold with approval under the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act to construct a network of damns and diversions, with a number of conditions, for the company’s Rainy River project site.
In 2016, New Gold advised the ministry of an incident at its Teeple Dam. Ministry representatives attended the location, and observed water over-topping the incomplete dam. This caused a portion of the dam to erode, and sediment from the dam entered the Pinewood River, which was downstream of the dam.
The MNRF’s investigation determined that New Gold was aware of the incomplete status of the dam prior to the incident. The investigation also revealed that the company failed to meet the conditions of the approval by allowing water both to flow through the network, before the design specifications had been met and to impound behind the incomplete Teeple Dam.
Upon learning of the incident, New Gold took remedial action to address the issue in consultation with the ministry. The company also plead guilty to the offence in court.
To report a natural resources violation, you can call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667, contact your local ministry office, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).