CN fined $75,000 for spill

Surrey's Thornton Yard was the site of diesel spill in 2009

Area of a diesel spill in 2009.

A fine of $75,000 has been levied against the Canadian National Railway (CN) for a diesel spill in North Surrey’s Thornton Yard two years ago.

CN learned of the leak at about 2:30 p.m. on March 5, 2009, and had the fuel turned off within an hour.

By then, however, much of the diesel had spilled into the salmon bearing Fraser River. CN notified provincial and federal authorities.

Last Friday, the company was ordered to pay $75,000 for introducing a deleterious substance into waters frequented by fish. A total of $70,000 of those penalties is being directed to projects related to the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat in the waters of the Fraser River and its tributaries.