Syncrude charged in deaths of 31 blue herons

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

The Al­berta En­ergy Reg­u­la­tor has charged Syncrude Canada in the deaths of 31 great blue herons at its Mil­dred Lake oil­sands mine two years ago. The com­pany is charged with fail­ing to prop­erly store a haz­ardous sub­stance un­der the pro­vin­cial En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and En­hance­ment Act. The law re­quires com­pa­nies to store haz­ardous sub­stances in a way that en­sures they don’t come into di­rect con­tact with or con­tam­i­nate an­i­mals. Syncrude, which faces a penalty of up to $500,000 if con­victed, has a court ap­pear­ance sched­uled for Sept. 27. It was fined $3 mil­lion af­ter more than 1,600 ducks died when they landed on a toxic Syncrude tail­ings pond in 2008.

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