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Unlicenced Well Driller fined $2,000 for Drilling Wells without a Licence

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Unlicenced Well Driller fined $2,000 for Drilling Wells without a Licence

Convicted - Allan Charlebois

Location - Barrie

Description of Offence -  The conviction relates to engaging in the business of constructing wells without a well contractor licence and/or without a well technician licence.

Date of Offence - On or about June 23, 2015

Date of Conviction - October 16, 2017

Penalty Imposed - Allan Charlebois was convicted of two offences under the Ontario Water Resources Act (OWRA), was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $250 and paid the fine on the date of conviction.

Background - 

  • At that time of the offence, Alan Charlebois operated under the business name, A.C. Charlebois based in Perkinsfield. The business is not registered.
  • Mr. Charlebois, although not licenced under the ministry, was in the business of constructing water wells for profit, and was hired to drill a well at a residential property on Gill Rd. in Midhurst.
  • In June 2015, Allan Charlebois used a tractor and a hydraulic pounder to construct the first well, by driving a sand point into the ground to a depth of approximately 129 feet. However, during construction, the sand point became bent or broken and it was capped off.
  • Mr. Charlebois then drilled a second well to approximately the same depth, and this well was to be used as the main source of drinking water to the residence.
  • Mr. Charlebois then attempted to remove the damaged sand point from the first well as a means of recouping costs. During removal, water began to flow around the casing, so Mr. Charlebois drove the pipe partially back down and grouted the casing, which temporarily stopped the flow.
  • The next day, the Gill Rd. property and a neighbour's property were flooded. Mr. Charlebois attended the site but had neither the knowledge nor the means of controlling the flowing well.
  • The flowing well was brought under control in January 2016, which resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage, engineering and flow control costs.

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