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Hibernia management says not guilty in oil spill case


The Hibernia Management and Development Company (HMDC) has pleaded not guilty to four charges tied to an oil spill at the offshore oilfield.

The Hibernia platform.

The company faces four charges: unlawfully causing or permitting a spill in the offshore area, failing to report a spill, failing to take measures to prevent further spill in the offshore area and resuming ceased work without assuring it can be done safely and without pollution.

The charges were laid in May, but date back to an oil spill reported on Dec. 18, 2013 and halted Jan. 1, 2014.

According to company estimates, about 6,000 litres of crude was lost.

HMDC issued a statement at the time saying the company regrets the discharge of oil and is committed to operating responsibly.

The case is scheduled to be called again in provincial court in St. John's on Nov. 16.

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