Petrobank Energy and Resources Ltd. v. Safety Boss Ltd. et al. 2012 ABQB 161
Company Law - Nature of corporations - Lifting the corporate veil - Principals - “Directing mind and will” of company
A blowout occurred at a long-suspended sour gas well sending a stream of poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas high in the air, causing environmental damage. The well operator (Petrobank) sued the well-control company (Safety Boss) it hired to gain control of the well, claiming that Petrobank’s expenditures were higher than necessary because of breaches of contract and negligence by Safety Boss.
The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed the action and assessed damages accordingly.