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Energy company fights order over chemically tainted Alberta dairy farm

An Alberta energy company is fighting an order to truck water to a family farm the company admits it has contaminated with chemicals from its gas plant.

Bonavista Energy (TSX:BNP) is asking the Alberta Court of Appeal to overturn the ruling from the Alberta Energy Regulator.

The regulator ordered Bonavista to provide water to a dairy farm near Edson where ground water has been badly contaminated by a leaching solvent.

Bonavista acknowledges the chemical is from its plant.

But it says it has done enough by drilling two new water wells on the farm, even though those wells produced water that was unfit for use.

A lawyer for the farm family calls Bonavista's challenge of the order an attack on the regulator's ability to use environmental legislation.

The Canadian Press

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