A federal court has awarded a British Columbia businessman nearly $2.7 million in damages for the cost of a spill of oil from a tanker in British Columbia.
The court in Victoria said a Canadian company was liable under the Fisheries Act for the spill and ordered the company to pay the $1.4 million.
The case was heard in British Colombia province and was brought by the oil company, Energy Canada.
The judge found that the spill caused the death of a fisherman, injured a dog and injured fish.
The spill caused an environmental and economic disaster and the government is obligated to compensate the claimant, said Alberta Court of Appeal Justice Mark E. Mennie in his ruling on Wednesday.
The suit was filed in the Federal Court of Canada by Canadian lawyer and environmental lawyer John T. Kline, who said he was the plaintiff.
Kline said the case was a case of “an oil spill, a spill on the border of Canada and a spill in British Canada that has seriously and adversely affected fish and wildlife.”
He said the company should pay $1 million for “the damage to the fish and other aquatic life that have been damaged and the loss of income from fishing and other activities.”
The oil company has appealed the judgment.
Energy Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Klingstein, who is a former deputy chief of the Canadian Border Services Agency, was appointed as a judge by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
He has previously argued that the oil spill is a form of commercial fishing and that the Canadian government is responsible for paying for damages.