Canada's Syncrude To Pay $2.9M Over Bird Deaths

Law360, New York (October 22, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT) -- Syncrude Canada Ltd. announced Friday that it would pay CA$3 million ($2.9 million) in a criminal case over a 2008 incident that led to the death of about 1,600 birds on a pond used to hold residue from extracting bitumen from western Canada's oil sands.

The Alberta-based oil sands company will cough up about CA$2.6 million to support three environmental initiatives, as well as additional fines to the Canadian and Alberta governments, as part of a case in the the Provincial Court of Alberta.

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