Diesel dumping charges dropped against Rowe’s Construction

Diesel dumping charges dropped against Rowe’s Construction
Charges against Rowe’s Construction for allegedly discharging diesel in Wood Buffalo National Park were dropped last week during day two of court proceedings in Fort Smith.Photo: Rowe's Construction.

Charges were dropped last Tuesday against a Hay River construction firm accused of illegally dumping diesel into a gravel pit in Wood Buffalo National Park.

Parks Canada withdrew its charges against Rowe’s Construction on the second day of trial last week in Fort Smith.

Rowe’s was accused in June 2012 of unlawfully discharging diesel fuel in the park near Fort Smith, breaking section 32(1) of the Canada National Parks Act, which points specifically to pollution cleanup.

The charges claimed the company did not take reasonable measures to prevent environmental damage or harm to human health.

President Jack Rowe and foreman Wayne Thompson were co-accused in the matter.

“Rowe’s Construction is most pleased with the withdrawal of the charge that had been laid against it,” Rowe said in an emailed statement to The Journal. “The company had prepared for over one year for this trial, and was looking forward to establishing its innocence. It is pleased that justice was finally done.”

In the statement, Rowe said the allegations should have been subjected to “far greater scrutiny.”

He indicated that Rowe’s Construction would be considering its legal options in relation to the accusations.

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