ERIS to offer new features to assist in ESA Reporting

ERIS, a company specializing in providing critical risk and historical information on properties, recently announced four new product offerings.

ERIS Direct is a new online subscription service that provides real-time environmental risk information for properties throughout the US and Canada.

ERIS Xplorer is an interactive tool for overlaying and analyzing data and historical images.

Physical Setting Report (PSR) provides comprehensive information about the physical setting surrounding a site and includes a complete overview of topography and surface topology, in addition to hydrologic, geologic and soil characteristics. The location and detailed attributes of oil and gas wells, water wells, public water systems and radon are also included for review.

As of early July, ERIS began offering U.S. Tax Parcel Data through an Online Order Form. The addition of parcel data can assist with securing accurate property information and boundary delineation.

Call for Abstracts – RemTech 2017

Special BCEIA Organized Session at RemTech 2017

ESAA has invited the BCEIA to organize a special session at RemTech 2017 to be held in Banff, Alberta from October 11-13, 2017. BCEIA members are urged to submit technical abstracts focusing on environmental remediation research and application.

Abstracts are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following areas:

Physical/Biological/Chemical Treatment
Remote or Difficult Access Sites
Emerging Contaminants
Spill Response and Management
Landfill management and closure
All other remediation-related topics will be considered

Abstracts should be no longer that 500 words (not including bio) and should also include a presenter biography. Please submit as a Word Document to [email protected] by Friday, July 14. For more information, please contact Kate MacDonald at [email protected].

SABCS Conference on Contaminated Sites – September 28th

September 28, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

The Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in British Columbia (SABCS) is pleased to announce the 7th annual Conference on Contaminated Sites. The emphasis of this year’s conference will be on practical applications of emerging science, research, development and technology in contaminated sites. Speakers will be drawn from industry, government and academia. For more information, please contact Zahra Pirani at [email protected].

CN Fined $2.5 million for diesel spill in Alberta

Canadian National Railway Company (CN) pleaded guilty, in the Provincial Court of Alberta, to one offence under the Fisheries Act and three offences under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. As a result, CN has been ordered to pay $2,500,000, which will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund. An additional fine of $125,000 was levied on May 25, 2017 in relation to the provincial charges laid by Alberta Environment and Parks, under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

On April 9, 2015, Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers responded to a report of an oil sheen on the North Saskatchewan River. With assistance from the City of Edmonton’s Drainage Services’ staff, Environment and Climate Change Canada officers traced the substance over eight kilometres through Edmonton’s storm drain system to an engine fuelling station at CN’s Bissell Yard.

A joint investigation with Alberta Environment and Parks determined that the oil-water separator and fuel storage system at Bissell Yard was not compliant with a number of requirements under the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations, which caused an estimated 90 litres of diesel to be released to the storm sewer. CN subsequently pleaded guilty, and it was sentenced for the following offences:

Deposit of a deleterious substance to fish-bearing water or to a place where it may enter fish-bearing water, in violation of the Fisheries Act, resulting in a $2,000,000 penalty;
Use of a centrifugal pump to transfer oil-contaminated water, in violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, resulting in a $150,000 penalty;
Failure to keep an emergency plan readily available, in violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, resulting in a $100,000 penalty;
Failure to withdraw and remove single-walled underground steel piping, in violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, resulting in a $250,000 penalty.
Release of a substance that may cause a significant adverse effect and failure to all reasonable measures to remediate after a release to the environment, in violation of the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, resulting in a $125,000 total penalty.
In addition, CN was ordered to remove over two kilometres of single-walled underground piping, at a cost of approximately $750,000.

As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the federal Environmental Offenders Registry.

The purpose of the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations is to reduce the risk of contaminating soil and water (surface and groundwater) due to spills and leaks of petroleum products from storage tank systems.