CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY CONVICTED IN SPILLS IN ALBERTA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA

STONY PLAIN, AB AND NORTH VANCOUVER, BC – May 25, 2009 – Canadian National Railway Company (CN) was sentenced today to a combination of fines, penalties and environmental measures, following guilty pleas in Alberta and British Columbia provincial courts to charges under the Fisheries Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

Agreed Statements of Fact were filed today in both courts by CN and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, representing the Crown. They relate to train derailments in August 2005 that resulted in the spill of Heavy Fuel Oil and Pole Treating Oil near Lake Wabamun, AB and the spill of caustic soda into the Cheakamus River, BC.

The Provincial Court of Alberta ordered CN to pay fines and penalties totalling $1 million. In addition, it ordered CN to contribute information to Environment Canada’s Environmental Emergencies Management System related to bodies of water near CN rail tracks in both provinces. The information for this environmental sensitivity mapping system aims to help prevent, contain, mitigate and clean up spills in the natural environment. The Provincial Court of British Columbia ordered CN to pay fines and penalties totalling $400,000.

The penalties ordered by both courts will be applied to promoting the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat through specific projects identified in the orders, and part of the Alberta penalty will be applied to the conservation and protection of migratory waterfowl.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for providing prosecution-related legal advice to law enforcement agencies and for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction, including offences under the Fisheries Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

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Information:

Larry Reynolds
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
780-495-7423

John Cliffe
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
604-666-2991

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