Large Oil and Gas Company to Be Investigated Following Discovery of Dead Birds At Mine Site

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has announced an investigation following Suncor’s discovery of thirty-two dead birds at an oil sands tailings pond. These birds, along with a muskrat and a vole, were found north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, at Suncor’s Base Mine Site. AER reports that the energy company found out about the birds during an oil sands bird-contact monitoring program survey. Suncor spokeswoman Erin Rees said: “At the time of discovery, all bird deterrent systems at Base Plant were active. Our Bird Deterrent Program includes canons, radar and effigies.” The regulator said an AER inspector will inspect the company’s bird deterrent systems and ensure mitigation strategies are in place.