Canadian ducks killed by Big Oil greed

From Straight Outta Edmonton blog in Canada:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Video Post: Ducks Caught in Syncrude Tailings Ponds

From CTV Edmonton’s Youtube account:

“William Todd Powell, employee for Alberta Wildlife, shot this video days after hundreds of ducks died landing on a Syncrude Fort McMurray tailings pond. Some staff members testified in a St. Albert court Tuesday March 2, 2010, that they actually began to shoot some of the birds with a shotgun at the time because they felt it was more humane.”

Should corporations be responsible for the unintentional deaths of migratory birds on their property, if those deaths are a direct result of the corporations’ practices? According to CBS News, a federal judge has ruled no, at least in the case of oil companies’ waste pits in North Dakota. A number of ducks and a Say’s phoebe were found dead in the pits – which they mistake for open ponds, but which are coated with toxic sludge – and several companies were charged with violating the Migratory Bird Act: here.

5 thoughts on “Canadian ducks killed by Big Oil greed

  1. More ducks land on toxic pond

    Canada: Alberta’s environment minister has laid into major oil sands company Syncrude after a new case of ducks landing at a toxic waste pond at one of its mines.

    Rob Renner said on Tuesday that the birds had landed on Syncrude’s Mildred Lake Settling Basin on Monday night.

    He said some of the birds are heavily oiled and recovery operations are under way.

    The incident came just days after the oil sands giant was fined $2.9 million (£1.8m) for the death of 1,600 ducks in a previous incident.


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