ALBERTA – Suncor Energy of Calgary pleaded guilty on Dec. 21, 2010, to two violations of the Canadian Fisheries Act for the deposit of a deleterious substance into waters frequented by fish and was fined $200,000. The penalty includes a $20,000 fine, and the remaining $180,000 will go to the government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.
The charges stem from incidents that occurred between June and August 2008 while Suncor was building a road. Environment Canada investigated alleged deposits of a deleterious substance into the Steepbank River north of Fort McMurray. The investigation was related to releases of effluent from sedimentation ponds built as part of the North Steepbank extension.
Suncor recently announced plans to double oil production from the oil sands over the next 10 years. Read the company’s 2010 sustainability report at www.Suncor.com.