At Least 230 Ducks Die In Tar Sands Incident

Following on from my tar sands blog in early September, I noticed at the end of last week that Planet Ark reported another incident involving birds.

About 230 ducks were euthanized after they landed on a toxic waste pond owned by Syncrude Canada Limited; the ducks were among an unknown number of birds which set down on tailings ponds at as many as three major tar sands mines. Syncrude said its bird deterrent system was operating but the birds may have been forced down by a freezing-rain storm.

Tar sands operators must have systems in place to deter birds from landing on their tailings ponds which are filled with waste water, clay, heavy metals and residual oil, by-products of the oil sands extraction process.

It would be better for all if we stopped clinging onto fossil fuels and started to consider the environmental impacts of our actions.

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