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Calgary, Alberta (Aug 11, 2015)… The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) 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 order directs the company to
The AER notes that some of the required work has already begun. Environmental protection orders are not enforcement; they are remedial orders directing the company to provide a plan to ensure that the natural environment is remediated.
An AER investigation is also underway. Once the investigation is complete, the AER will publish its findings.
The AER publishes information on its Compliance Dashboard. It will be updated as new information becomes available.
The Alberta Energy Regulator ensures the safe, efficient, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of hydrocarbon resources over their entire life cycle. This includes allocating and conserving water resources, managing public lands, and protecting the environment while providing economic benefits for all Albertans.
In response to waterfowl deaths north of Fort McMurray, the Alberta Energy Regulator has issued an environmental protection order to Syncrude Canada, requiring the company to develop and submit plans for wildlife protection, remediation, and public notification.
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For more information, please contact:Bob Curran, AER Office of Public Affairs