Syncrude is facing two more charges after the death of 31 great blue herons in a sump at its Mildred Lake oilsands mine back in 2015.
The oil company was in a Fort McMurray courtroom Wednesday after being charged by the Alberta Energy Regulator in August with one count under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act for failing to store a hazardous substance in a manner ensuring it does not come into direct contact with, or contaminate animals.
They could face up to $500,000 in fines if convicted.
No plea was entered as they’ve now been charged federally with two counts of allegedly disturbing, destroying nests and/or eggs under the Migratory Bird Convention Act.
Back in August when Syncrude was first charged, Media Relations Advisor Will Gibson told Mix News they’ve already taken steps to prevent another situation.
“We understand the public expects us to provide energy in a responsible way, we’re committed to responsible development which includes of our environmental performance.”
He adds their waterfowl protection system, which was introduced after the death of thousands of ducks in 2008 in one of their tailings ponds, is now being used for all bodies of waters including sumps.
Syncrude will be back in a Fort McMurray courtroom on December 13.