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Ottawa Rules Out Charges in Fairmont Lake Louise Water Probe

Ottawa has ruled out charges against the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise after an almost four-month investigation into allegations that the upscale hotel dumped chlorine-tainted water into a creek in Banff National Park.


January 15, 2010

Ottawa has ruled out charges against the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise after an almost four-month investigation into allegations that the upscale hotel dumped chlorine-tainted water into a creek in Banff National Park.

Last fall, a complaint was lodged with Parks Canada that the effluent was spewing from a storm pipe near the iconic emerald-blue lake instead of being directed to a waste-water treatment plant for appropriate disposal.

“Given that the investigation to date uncovered no evidence to suggest that the discharge of water from the storm pipe in question caused any negative environmental impact on Louise Creek, no evidence of a contravention of environmental legislation and no criminal intent or action on the part of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, there is no basis today on which to pursue charges,” Parks Canada said Thursday in a statement after consultations with the Crown prosecutor’s office.

This is one part of a federal probe into the hotel’s water use at the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Parks Canada dispatched a letter to hotel officials formally advising them that even though the discharged water was not harmful, no treated water from the facility is permitted to reach the creek, and instructed them to install a chlorine detector.

For more, visit The Globe & Mail’s site

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