British Yukon Railway fined $100,000



British Yukon Railway Company Limited was fined $100,000 in Yukon Territorial Court, Canada, on 12 September for depositing a deleterious substance in water inhabited by fish.

The fine follows a guilty plea to the charge by the company, also known as White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, in June of this year.

The violation occurred near Bennett Lake in the Yukon Territory and British Columbia and was observed by a Fishery Officer from Fisheries and Oceans Canada during a routine boat patrol.

Of the $100,000 fine, the court directed that British Yukon Railway pay $99,000 to be used for projects promoting the conservation and protection of fisheries and the habitat on which they rely in Bennett Lake and the surrounding area.

The infilling and deposit of fill material, particularly sediment, in Bennett Lake affects fish that support active First Nations, commercial, and recreational fisheries in the area.