A warrant has been issued for the owner of a trucking company found guilty of six pollution charges linked to an oil spill in a Vancouver Island ecological reserve.

The warrant was filed in provincial court in Campbell River, B.C., after Ted LeRoy, owner of Ted LeRoy Trucking, failed to show up for sentencing.

The company owned a barge that listed as it was towed through the waters of Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in August 2007.

The judge found that LeRoy was likely "wilfully blind" to the poor condition of the barge that was loaded with 11 pieces of equipment when it foundered.

The incident released a 14-kilometre oil slick into the pristine waters, a key killer whale habitat where animals swim up to rub themselves on rocks just metres from the beach.

The company was declared bankrupt in December 2007.