Syncrude charged in deaths of 31 blue herons
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.