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Suncor Energy facing environmental charges

Last Updated Jul 26, 2020 at 3:13 pm MDT

PHOTO. A pedestrian is reflected in a Suncor Energy sign in Calgary. Suncor Energy Inc. announced a multi-year strategic alliance with Microsoft Canada, adding they would take advantage of the tech giant's cloud-based technology. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

The government of Alberta laid seven environmental charges against Suncor Energy Inc.

They relate to an alleged incident at its refinery in Strathcona County in Alberta in July 2018.

The province’s Ministry of Environment and Parks released a statement listing the charges.

“The company faces five charges for contravening a term or condition of an approval. The company is also charged with releasing a substance into the environment that may cause an adverse effect and failing to report the release in a timely manner.”

It added all charges contravene the Environment Protection and Enhancement Act.

No word from the government of Alberta on the type of substance released or which conditions Suncor allegedly contravened.

The Canadian Press said it could not immediately reach Suncor Energy for comment.

Suncor will appear in court on July 29, 2020, in Sherwood Park.

This report includes excerpts from The Canadian Press.