Syn­crude to pay over $2.7M to set­tle charges in Al­berta blue heron deaths

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON -

FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA.—Syn­crude has pleaded guilty and been fined more than $2.7 mil­lion in the deaths of 31 great blue herons at one of its oil­sands mines north of Fort McMurray.

An agreed state­ment of facts says Syn­crude has ad­mit­ted that an abandoned sump pond in which the birds were found didn’t have de­ter­rents to keep wa­ter­fowl from land­ing on it, even though the pond met cri­te­ria for be­ing high risk.

Fenc­ing and bird de­ter­rents were in­stalled im­me­di­ately, says the state­ment. Syn­crude ad­mits a pond didn’t have de­ter­rents to keep wa­ter­fowl out.

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