February 9, 2009 / 5:22 PM / in 9 years

Alberta charges Syncrude over death of ducks

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb 9 (Reuters) - The province of Alberta has laid charges against the Syncrude Canada Ltd joint venture after 500 ducks died after landing on a tailings pond at its oil sands operation in April.

The province alleges Syncrude failed to have appropriate deterrents in place to keep the ducks from landing on the toxic waste-water pond.

The charges, laid under the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, carry a maximum penalty of C$500,000.

$1=$1.22 Canadian Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Rob Wilson

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