SENTENCE IN R. v. SYNCRUDE

ST-ALBERT, Alberta – October 22, 2010 – Today, in Alberta Provincial Court, Syncrude Canada Ltd. was sentenced to fines totalling $3,000,000 for federal and provincial environmental offences. They include $300,000 for an offence under the Migratory Birds Convention Act and a creative sentencing order requiring the company to pay $2,200,000 for a variety of initiatives designed to benefit migratory and shorebirds in Alberta.

On June 25, 2010, Syncrude was found guilty of unlawfully depositing a substance that is harmful to migratory birds in waters or an area frequented by migratory birds. Today’s decision, including the creative sentencing order, reflects a joint proposal made to the Court following discussions between the company and the Crown.

On April 28, 2008, approximately 1,600 ducks died in Fort McMurray after landing on a tailings pond owned by Syncrude.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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