Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Suncor fined for dumping oilsands effluent

(Courtesy of CBC and The Canada Press)

Oilsands giant Suncor has been fined $200,000 for dumping material harmful to fish into a northern Alberta river.

Suncor Energy Inc. was fined Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges under the federal Fisheries Act.

Environment Canada says the fine was for the release of effluent in 2008 from sediment ponds built as part of Suncor operations near the Steepbank River north of Fort McMurray.

Much of the fine is to be paid into the federal government's Environmental Damages Fund.
Suncor officials could not be reached for comment.

The fine was imposed the same day that Ottawa promised to improve oilsands environmental monitoring after a report said there were "significant shortcomings" in the current system.

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