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Syncrude fined 3.2 million for duck deaths

Monday, October 25th, 2010

From the Vancouver Sun:

Syncrude pays $3.2-million penalty over duck deaths

An Alberta provincial court judge has accepted a $3.2-million creative sentence on Syncrude Canada over federal and provincial charges stemming from the deaths of more than 1,600 ducks on one of its oilsands tailings pond two years ago. Under the proposal, the oil company must pay an $800,000 fine by Nov. 1. This file photo shows two dead mallard drakes floating in a bitumen mat in the Syncrude Aurora Tailings Pond in April 2008 near Ft. Mc Murray, Alberta.
By Darcy Henton, Postmedia News
October 22nd, 2010

An Alberta provincial court judge has accepted a $3.2-million creative sentence on Syncrude Canada over federal and provincial charges stemming from the deaths of more than 1,600 ducks on one of its oilsands tailings pond two years ago. Under the proposal, the oil company must pay an $800,000 fine by Nov. 1. This file photo shows two dead mallard drakes floating in a bitumen mat in the Syncrude Aurora Tailings Pond in April 2008 near Ft. Mc Murray, Alberta.

Photograph by: Todd Powell, Handout
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Syncrude found guilty in duck deaths

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Canadian company Syncrude Canada LTD. has been on trial recently over the death of 1,600 migratory ducks at a treatment pond in 2008, today, the judge ruled they were indeed responsible for the deaths, charging that the company had failed to implement plans to protect wildlife. From Reuters:

ST. ALBERT, Alberta, June 25 (Reuters) – A judge found Syncrude Canada Ltd, Canada’s largest oil sands producer, guilty on Friday in the deaths of 1,600 ducks that landed on a toxic Northern Alberta tailings pond in 2008, ruling the company should have had deterrents in place.

Syncrude faces maximum penalties of C$500,000 for provincial charges and C$300,000 under federal charges in the case, which crystallized international concern about the environmental impact of developing Canada’s vast oil sands, the largest crude oil source outside the Middle East.

Alberta Provincial Court Judge Ken Tjosvold ruled the company failed to take necessary steps to keep the waterfowl away from the tailings pond at its Aurora mine in April 2008.

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