Suncor out $200,000 for polluting fish habitat

Environment Canada investigated alleged deposits of a deleterious substance that occurred between June and August 2008 into the Steepbank River north of Fort McMurray. The investigation was related to releases of effluent from sedimentation ponds built as part of the Suncor North Steepbank Extension.

Suncor Energy Inc. pleaded guilty yesterday to two violations of s. 36(3) of the Fisheries Act for the deposit of a deleterious substance into waters frequented by fish and was fined $200,000. The charges stem from incidents that occurred between June and August 2008 due to the construction of road works by Suncor Energy Inc. The penalty includes a $20,000 fine, and the remaining $180,000 will go to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.

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