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Well Technician fined $2,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation

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Well Technician fined $2,000 for Ontario Water Resources Act Violation

Convicted - Gilbert John Quesnel

Court Location - Sault Ste. Marie Court

Description of Offence - The conviction relates to failing to produce a copy of a well technician licence upon the request of a ministry employee.

Date of Offence - During the period on or about August 25, 2016.

Date of Conviction - February 1, 2019

Penalty Imposed - Gilbert John Quesnel was convicted on one violation under the Ontario Water Resources Act and was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500 and was given 12 months to pay the fine.

Background - 

  • Gilbert John Quesnel operates a well-drilling business that services the Algoma District. At the time of the violation, he held a valid Well Technician Licence.
  • On August 25, 2016, the ministry received a call from a concerned resident regarding a plume of sediment, measuring approximately 700' x 800' x 200' in Lake Superior.  The caller reported that the source of the plume was a water-well-drilling operation on Nils Bay Road.
  • Ministry staff attended the site on the same date to inspect and upon arrival observed a drill rig operating adjacent to Lake Superior, which was operated by Mr. Quesnel.
  • Ministry staff requested to see Mr. Quesnel's Well Technician Licence, and other documentation relating to the well construction. Mr. Quesnel was unable to produce his Well Technician Licence, as required.
  • An investigation resulted in charges being laid and one conviction.

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