Syncrude issued environmental protection order by AER over blue heron deaths
Company required to collect water and soil samples following bird deaths
CALGARY—The Alberta Energy Regulator has issued an environmental protection order to Syncrude Canada Ltd. in response to approximately 30 blue heron fatalities at the Mildred Lake oil sands mine site north of Fort McMurray.
The regulator’s order directs the company to collect water and soil samples from the site for analysis, develop a wildlife mitigation plan, make daily public reports and submit a final report to the AER within 30 days of the completion of all work required in compliance with the order.
The AER noted some of the required work has already begun and an AER investigation is also underway. The regulator, which is responsible for the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources, will publish its findings when the investigation concludes.