Three people are facing environmental charges by the Provincial Government under the Public Lands Act for unauthorized use of public land near Whitecourt.
Claude Parent, Brian Mareck, and Jennifer McCallum-Maltauro each face a charge under the Act for occupying vacant public land without authorization between October 30th and November 19th, 2019.
Parent and Mareck each face five additional charges as well for alleged unlawful activities which include damaging public lands and accumulating waste on public lands.
The full list of charges involve:
-Occupying public land without holding a disposition or an authorization.
-Accumulating waste material, debris, refuse or garbage on public land.
-Using public land in a way that is likely to result in loss or damage to public land.
-Causing alterations, such as any structure or excavation on public land, that are undesirable or otherwise in contravention of the Public Lands Act or regulations.
-Causing the existence on public land of any condition that may cause loss or damage to the public land.
All three accused are scheduled to appear in Whitecourt Provincial Court on January 14th.