Hundreds of ducks die when they land on poisonous lake

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Hundreds of ducks die when they land on poisonous lake

Over 500 ducks are dead and dying after the migrating waterfowl landed in a pond of oily, toxic sludge in northern Alberta.

How sad, that open pond is only a layer away from seeping into the soil and the groundwater. If it can kill ducks on contact then its a lethal mix.

Syncrude Canada's operations were under investigation after as many as 500 birds landed in the waste water, known as a tailings pond, at the Aurora North mine near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Migrating waterfowl are supposed to be kept from the poisonous waters at the mine, where massive shovels pull tonnes of oil-laden sand from the ground, by sound-cannons that simulate gunfire. But a winter storm had delayed deployment of the system, a Syncrude spokesman said.

The incident is the latest environmental black eye for Canada's booming oil sands region, where more than C$100 billion is being poured into projects to tap the biggest storehouse of oil outside of the Middle East.

Environmental groups have already raised concerns about carbon-dioxide emissions, destruction of the boreal forest that is stripped away to get at the oil deposits, and the potential for tailing ponds to contaminate local rivers.

Greenpeace said it was an anonymous call that tipped government regulators to the bird deaths, and it attacked what it described as rampant development of the oil sands.

The incident made national headlines as Ron Stevens, Alberta's deputy premier, was in Washington to let US legislators know the province represents an "environmentally responsible source of energy supply to the United States".

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By netchicken: posted on 12-5-2008








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