12/07/2012 06:19 EST | Updated 02/06/2013 05:12 EST

Alberta developer, environmental consultant charged with diverting water

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. - An Alberta developer and an environmental consultant have been charged with illegally diverting water for three oilsands projects.

Government officials say the charges stem from an investigation into the oilsands exploration projects near Fort McMurray between December 2010 and March 2011.

Ulliac Oilfield Consulting Ltd., and its owner Jason Ulliac, face 10 counts under the province's Water Act.

It's alleged Ulliac provided false information about the volume of water diverted from five different water sources.

Ulliac and the company, along with Grizzly Oil Sands ULC and Grizzly Oil Sands Inc., have been charged with another 20 counts for allegedly taking more water than permitted from nine different water bodies.

A first court appearance in Fort McMurray has been set for Jan. 16.