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Burnaby oil spill raises legal questions

Thursday, August 2nd 2007 10:20:54am

Interview Opportunity
Attention News/Assignment Editors and Reporters

(August 2, 2007)  Many legal questions are beginning to surface after nearly 250,000 litres of oil rained down on houses and trees, and flowed into Burrard Inlet last week.

Dianne Saxe, a leading environmental lawyer in Canada, is available to talk about the legal issues surrounding the July 24th pipeline rupture and the ongoing investigation and cleanup.

Ms. Saxe holds one of Canada's only Doctorates of Jurisprudence (PhD) in environmental law and is a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law.

Her expertise includes oil spills, contaminated land, cleanup liability, groundwater protection and environmental offences.


    Interview Opportunity - Legal issues surrounding Burnaby oil spill and cleanup


    Dianne Saxe, Environmental Law Specialist

Among the issues Ms. Saxe can talk about are the following:

    * Who is legally responsible for the cleanup?  Do affected residents have to pay?  What will insurance cover?
    * How would the amount payable for damages be determined?
    * Could there be a class action?
    * What about the damages to fish and other natural resources?
    * Who is responsible for locating utility pipelines and cables before digging?

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Brent Kulba (e|c|o media relations), 416-972-7401,