Nov. 22, 2005
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A Shediac-area resident pleaded guilty Nov. 3, 2005, in Shediac Provincial Court to a violation of the Clean Water Act.
The Department of the Environment and Local Government had charged Gilles A. LeBlanc of 1619 Rte. 133, Grand Barachois, with undertaking a wetland alteration without a permit.
In early December 2003, environment inspectors found that LeBlanc had begun to infill wetland on a Cap Brule property owned by his father, Azor LeBlanc. Gilles LeBlanc had not applied for nor received a permit issued by the minister for this activity. He was issued a cease-and-desist order, and was required to submit a plan prepared by a wetland specialist for the restoration of the approximately 1.2 hectares of wetland that had been affected.
The plan was subsequently provided to the department and approved. The required work was completed in the summer and early fall of 2004. The plan included a compensation offer, which saw the property owner, Azor LeBlanc, transfer ownership of 2.7 hectares of unaffected adjacent wetland to the Crown Lands Branch of the Department of Natural Resources. The transfer was completed in July 2005.
Judge C. Vautour imposed a fine of $5,000. Charges against Azor Leblanc and his son, Michel, for the same offence were withdrawn by the Crown.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Ferguson, communications, Environment and Local Government, 506-457-7206.