British Columbia Farmer Fined Over $22,000 for Illegal Dumping of Slaughterhouse Waste

A farmer named Gordon Truswell in Cobble Hill, British Columbia, has allegedly been illegally dumping slaughterhouse waste from Island Farmhouse Poultry on his properties for at least three years. In November 2022, he was fined $22,100 for environmental violations related to the dumping and is appealing those penalties. Additional penalties have been recommended following an inspection on February 14th, 2023. Truswell has a second property where he continues to accept slaughter waste from Island Farmhouse Poultry. The poultry company has been ordered to stop discharging or apply for a permit. Local residents are concerned about contamination of the aquifer, threats to wildlife and fish populations, and harm to the Koksilah watershed and river.