MOE Well Violations

  September 30, 2013  

VPlevna Property Owner Fined $1,000 for Failing to Comply with a Ministry Order

Kingston - A Plevna property owner was fined $1,000 for failing to comply with a ministry order in relation to property impacted by petroleum hydrocarbon contamination.

“Environmental protection legislation protects communities and the environment. Breaking these rules can result in serious penalties and is an offence the ministry takes very seriously,” Environment Minister Jim Bradley.

Richard Oscar Jeronimus is the owner of a residential property located in the Township of North Frontenac. The ministry was contacted by a resident located adjacent to the property, regarding petroleum hydrocarbon odours in their potable well water supply.

The ministry determined the source of the contamination to be a gasoline dispensing station located across the street. A ministry hydrogeologist determined that petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated the soil and groundwater at two residential properties. The ministry issued an order to Mr. Jeronimus. The order stated that Mr. Jeronimus register a Certificate of Requirement at the appropriate land registry office by February 2012, which he failed to do.

Mr. Jeronimus was fined $1,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $250 and was given four months to pay the fine.


  August 9, 2013  

Lincoln Resident Fined $5,000 for Well Water Violation

St. Catharines – A Lincoln resident was fined $5,000 for discharging salt water to a well that may have impaired the well’s upper water aquifer, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act.

“The Province will prosecute those whose actions contravene Ontario’s environmental laws and damage our shared resources”, said Environment Minister Jim Bradley.

Marshall R. Field operates a well drilling business located in Lincoln. Mr. Field was hired to install the necessary wells for the installation of a geothermal system for a residential property. The wells were installed in June 2009 and the geothermal system was activated in July 2009, resulting in the wells overflowing and affecting the water.

A salt deposit was ruptured ,while the well was being drilled causing contamination of the upper water aquifer. This aquifer is the source of drinking water for the neighboring property owner who noted that their drinking water had a salty taste.

Mr. Field was fined $5,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,250 and was given twelve months to pay the fine.


  May 17, 2013  

Company Fined $20,000 For Well Violations

OTTAWA - A company and director were fined $20,000 for well violations in relation to constructing wells, contrary to the Ontario Water Resources Act.

"Environmental protection legislation protects communities and the environment. Breaking these rules can result in serious penalties and is an offence the ministry takes very seriously," said Environment Minister Jim Bradley.

Wayne Renwick is the president of Olympic Drilling Company Limited and operates a water well construction business in Ottawa. Mr. Renwick also works at the company as its licensed well technician. The ministry initiated an investigation into the company as a result of receiving a complaint that the company had constructed wells without necessary licences and that no well records had been provided.

The evidence obtained during the investigation indicated that the company and Mr. Renwick had constructed or made improvements to a number of wells without having the appropriate licenses.

The company failed to affix a well tag to the outside of the well and failed to submit the well records within 30 days of completion of the well. Mr. Renwick also provided false well records.

The company and Mr. Renwick were fined a total of $20,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $5,000 and were given one year to pay the fine.



  February 22, 2013  

Resident Fined $1,000 for a Well Violation

Belleville – A resident was fined $1,000 for engaging in the business of constructing a well without a well contractor license.

“The Province will prosecute those whose actions contravene Ontario’s environmental laws and damage our shared resources,” Environment Minister Jim Bradley.

Mr. Dempsey operates an excavating business and was contracted to construct and install a septic system and water well for a residential property located in Quinte West. The property owners encountered well water supply problems and contacted the ministry, who visited and determined that the well had a number of deficiencies. 

Mr. Dempsey was fined $1,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $125 and was given 60 days to pay the fine.



  January 25, 2013  

Company Fined $1,000 For Well Violation

Thunder Bay  A company was fined $1,000 for constructing a well without having a well contractor license.

“The Province is always prepared to go to court to defend the natural environment from those who would treat it irresponsibly and cause harm,” Environment Minister Jim Bradley.

Tycon Construction Inc. is located in the Municipality of Neebing.  The company was contracted by a neighbour to work on a well.  The company removed the existing corrugated culvert casing of the well, and replaced it with concrete well tiles.  The neighbour then submitted a sample of the well water to a public health laboratory and the analysis revealed that the water was unsafe to drink, due to excessive contamination.

The company was fined a total of $1,000 plus victim fine surcharges of $125 and was given three months to pay the fine. 



  January 25, 2013  

Company Fined $10,000 For Well Violation

London  A company was fined $10,000 for engaging in the business of constructing a well by replacing a pump without having a well contractor license.

“Environmental protection legislation protects communities and the environment. Breaking these rules can result in serious penalties and is an offence the Ministry takes very seriously,” Environment Minister Jim Bradley.

The landlord of a rented home contacted Hyde Park Plumbing & Heating Limited to investigate why there was no water supply to a house located in the Municipality of Middlesex Centre. The company dispatched a plumber who discovered that the well pump had failed and replaced the pump. Later, a spill of gasoline and oil from a motorcycle occurred close to the well and contaminated it. The Middlesex-London Health Unit was contacted and a joint inspection with the ministry found numerous deficiencies and determined that the company was responsible for engaging in the business of constructing a well without having been issued a well contractor license.

The company was fined $10,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $2,500 and was given 90 days to pay the fine.



For further information:

Members of the media:
Kate Jordan
Communications Branch
(416) 314-6666

Contact information for the general public:
416-325-4000 or 1-800-565-4923

Photo by: Mary Jane Conboy

Well owners are responsible for maintaining their wells to prevent the entry of surface water or other material. Annual maintenance
and visual examinations should identify and fix problems such as sunken earth around the well and missing vermin-proof well caps.


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