Syncrude fined $2.75M in deaths of 31 great blue herons

Syncrude will pay a fine of $2.75 million after pleading guilty to federal and provincial charges in relation to the deaths of 31 great blue herons.

The herons died in August 2015 at an inactive sump on the Mildred Lake site, which at the time was not covered by Syncrude’s waterfowl protection plan to deter birds from landing at tailings areas.

 The sump collected waste water containing residual bitumen from a storage site at the mine. 

Syncrude was was charged under the Migratory Birds Convention Act with depositing, or allowing the deposit of, a substance harmful to migratory birds into waters frequented by them.

It was also charged under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act with failing to store a hazardous substance to ensure it does not come into contact with or contaminate animals.

The province will direct $950,000 of the fine to creative sentencing projects that support biodiversity, habitat,and migratory pathways for birds and other wildlife in Alberta. 

In a statement Monday, Syncrude called the incident regrettable.

“We immediately took steps to bring all these areas on our Mildred Lake and Aurora sites into our waterfowl protection plan,” said managing director Doreen Cole.

“We’re committed to being a responsible operator and this has strengthened our resolve to reduce the impact of our operations on wildlife.”

Syncrude, based in Fort McMurray, was fined $3 million after more than 1,600 ducks died after landing on a tailings pond in 2008.

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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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