The driver of this truck will learn his fate in court in October. Photo: Kevin Kinsella

The driver of this truck will learn his fate in court in October. Photo: Kevin Kinsella

Sentencing delayed in Lemon Creek spill

A hearing scheduled for today has been postponed until October

The driver of a tanker truck that spilled its load of jet fuel into a Slocan Valley waterway in 2013 will now be sentenced Oct. 15.

Danny LaSante was convicted in March of one count under the Environmental Management Act after his truck tipped over and deposited 33,000 litres of fuel into Lemon Creek. LaSante was a driver for Executive Flight Centre, which was supplying fuel to fight a forest fire, but took a wrong turn on to a forest service road.

He was originally scheduled to be sentenced today.

According to Marilyn Burgoon, who began the case as a private prosecution — although her action did not name LaSante as a defendant — the hearing was delayed because LaSante’s lawyer was unavailable for personal reasons.

Court records indicate LaSante will be in court Sept. 11 to confirm the sentencing date.

The provincial government, also charged in the case, was acquitted. Charges against Executive Flight Centre were stayed because the judge ruled it took too long to get to trial. The Crown has appealed that ruling.