STATEMENT - Greenpeace responds to deaths of 123 birds at Suncor-owned tar sands mine

Press release - September 19, 2017
19 September 2017 (EDMONTON) — In response to the news that the Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating bird deaths at the Suncor-owned Fort Hills Energy tar sands mine, Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Mike Hudema said:

19 September 2017 (EDMONTON) — In response to the news that the Alberta Energy Regulator is investigating bird deaths at the Suncor-owned Fort Hills Energy tar sands mine, Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner, Mike Hudema said:

“The needless deaths of these 123 birds is an urgent reminder of the ongoing threat these toxic lakes of tar sands sludge pose. How many more incidents like this need to happen before government finally does something to solve the problem? The past five Albertan Premiers, dating back to Ralph Klein, have each said that they will deal with Alberta’s sprawling toxic problem and yet tailings ponds continue to grow.

The volume of Alberta tailings ponds has now reached more than one trillion litres — about enough to fill 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. And, every day, about 6.5-11 million litres are estimated to leak into nearby rivers, posing a threat to nearby communities.

This is going to keep happening until the federal government actually enforces the laws designed to protect wildlife from toxic substances and the Alberta government puts an enforceable plan in place that sees tailings ponds cleaned up from Alberta’s landscape for good.”

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