Charges approved in Lemon Creek Fuel Spill

It’s been three years since a tanker truck crashed and spilled jet fuel into Lemon Creek. – Photos: © Teamwork Media TV Inc.

Prosecutors have now approved charges. Eight counts have been laid against Executive Flight Centre, its driver, and the BC government.

The fuel truck took a wrong turn onto a logging road, managed to turn around and was heading back down the hill when the road partially gave way causing the truck to overturn and crash into Lemon Creek spilling 33,000 litres of fuel.

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The fuel entered Lemon Creek and then the Slocan, Kootenay, and Columbia rivers resulting in a mass evacuation and orders not to swim in or drink from those bodies of water.

Six of the charges laid Friday are under the Environmental Management Act and the rest under the Fisheries Act.

A first court appearance is set for Sept. 13 in Nelson.

The charges come after Slocan Valley resident Marilyn Burgoon launched a private prosecution.

The federal government subsequently took over the case and stayed her charges but on Friday laid its own.

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