Vale case set over for ‘discussions’

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Vale Newfoundland and Labrador site in Labrador. — File photo courtesy of Vale

Representatives for Vale Newfoundland and Labrador have met with federal government representatives regarding charges laid against the company, alleging illegal dumping into waters off Labrador.

At provincial court in St. John's this morning, a request was made for 30 days for consideration of what was described as "discussions" between the two parties on the matter.

None of the charges against Vale have been proven in court.

The case will be called again Sept. 30 for an update.

Vale is facing three charges of breaching the federal Fisheries Act over the course of almost a month in October 2011 for the alleged illegal release of liquid waste into Anaktalak Bay, Labrador.

The company is accused of illegally depositing waste into a waterway frequented by fish, failing to take reasonable preventative measures and failing to submit relevant environmental monitoring reports within a set time frame.

NOTE: This is a corrected version, as of 2:30 p.m.

Geographic location: Labrador.At, St. John's, Anaktalak Bay

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  • Ashley Fitzpatrick
    August 30, 2013 - 13:08

    Please note, for clarification: The charges faced by Vale are alleged violations of the Fisheries Act. They are not charges under the Criminal Code of Canada.

  • Red
    August 30, 2013 - 10:24

    Just go to Long harbour and look at the monstrocity of a pipeline they have floating in the harbour. This pipeline is going to be dumping poisonous effluent into the bay and the government allowed this to happen legally. Mark my words this environmental disaster will make Erco look like a spit in the bucket. Placentia Bay has only recently recovered from the phosphorus spill in the 70's but the government and our fellow Newfoundlanders would poison their own mother for a couple of years work. We need more responsible companies to develop our resources. The fishermen in Long Harbour have never once spoke up against this pipeline that is dumping poison on the fishing grounds because they have all been paid off by Vale, even though their livelyhood is going to be destroyed.

  • saelcove
    August 30, 2013 - 09:26

    Do some research you will find vale is one of the dirtiest mining company on the planet