Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Imperial Oil Resources NWT has been fined $185,000 for water pollution.

The company pleaded guilty in Territorial Court to federal charges of releasing a harmful substance into fish-bearing waters and violating conditions of its water license.

The charges relate to the release of NALCO 7390, a substance used to reduce corrosion, into the Mackenzie River in October and November of 2009. The company was fined $5,000 for the offense and ordered to pay $155,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund, which will be used to promote the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat in the Sahtu Region of the Northwest Territories.

The company also pleaded guilty to one count under the Northwest Territories Waters Act and fined $25,000 for violating conditions of the water license.

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