CANADIAN CRUDE OIL PRODUCER FINED FOR BLUE HERON DEATHS
Canada's Syncrude has pleaded guilty to the deaths of 31 blue herons at its oil sands mine in northern Alberta and fined C$2.75 million. According to Alberta's energy regulator, the birds died after becoming oiled in an abandoned sump that was built to collect process-affected water containing residual bitumen from a storage site at the mine. Syncrude was previously fined C$3 million for negligence in the 2008 deaths of 1,600 ducks in a toxic tailings pond. For the full story, see https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-syncrude-fine/syncrude-fined-c2-75-mi….