April 6, 2009

Syncrude Canada kills 1600 ducks

ENVIRONMENT - This posting is an update of Alberta Oil kills 500 Ducks.

Syncrude Canada will not face any new charges despite a threefold increase in the number of dead waterfowl last spring in one of its tailings ponds, Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner says. Renner said he is satisfied with Syncrude's plan to protect its tailing ponds and prevent ducks from landing in the oil, but added it will not have any bearing on the charges the company faces.

The oil sands giant now says the carcasses of 1,606 ducks were actually collected from the toxic oily waters of the Aurora pond in northern Alberta – not the 500 that were originally announced.

A Greenpeace Canada spokesperson said the group is shocked by the higher duck death toll and questions why it took Syncrude almost a year to make the information public.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in February that Canada's international reputation had been harmed by the dead duck incident.

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