April 2, 2009
SAINT-JACQUES (CNB) - A Saint-Jacques contracting company has pleaded guilty in Edmundston provincial court to a violation of the Watershed Protected Area Designation Order under the Clean Water Act.
D.L. St. Onge Enterprise Inc., 9 Michaud St., was charged by the Department of Environment with failing to comply with harvesting restrictions within the Iroquois River watershed.
Between July and December 2006, the company purchased stumpage from a private woodlot owner, and began to harvest the trees. The area being harvested was within Protected Area C of the watershed, and harvesting is restricted to 25 per cent of a parcel that is greater than 10 hectares. The parcel on which the company was cutting was larger than 10 hectares, and the company clear cut over 60 per cent of the parcel.
Judge Paul Duffie fined the company $1,200.
Environment Minister Roland Haché encourages all New Brunswickers to be responsible stewards of the environment and to report any infraction of environmental regulations in the province.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.