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UPDATE: Syncrude settles blue heron case

Last Updated Jan 3, 2019 at 8:17 am MDT

PHOTO. Supplied. syncrude.ca

Syncrude has reached an agreement on charges relating to an incident at its Mildred Lake site in August of 2015.

As many as 31 blue herons were discovered dead or dying near a disused sump pond that wasn’t part of its waterfowl protection plan.

The company pleaded guilty to federal and provincial charges and agreed to pay a $2.75 million fine.

“We’re committed to being a responsible operator and this has strengthened our resolve to reduce the impact of our operations on wildlife.” – Managing Director Doreen Cole, Syncrude.

Cole said the organization hopes the settlement will reflect Syncrude’s “remorse” about the incident.