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Three companies now charged after 2013 bird kill in New Brunswick

01/21/2015 12:09 EST | Updated 03/23/2015 05:59 EDT
SAINT JOHN, N.B. - Three companies now face charges after thousands of birds died in 2013 when they flew into a flare burning at a natural gas facility in Saint John, N.B.

Canaport LNG LP was charged with three violations in October 2014 and two other companies — Irving Canaport GP Company Ltd. and Repsol Canada Ltd. — now also face those charges.

The three companies face two charges under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act that prevent anyone from depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds.

They are also charged with unlawfully killing Canada warblers under the federal Species at Risk Act.

Environment Canada launched an investigation after about 7,500 migrating birds were killed in September 2013 while excess gas was being burned-off at the facility.

The case is scheduled to return to provincial court in Saint John on May 7 for the companies to enter pleas.