Suncor fined for water charge at oil sands site

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Posted: Apr 15, 2011 4:15 PM
Suncor fined for water charge at oil sands site

CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc has been fined C$275,000 ($286,000) after pleading guilty to charges that it failed to manage storm water at an oil sands construction site, Alberta's Environment Ministry said on Friday.

The charge stems from a May 2008 incident in which a mixture of water and dirt from Suncor's Voyageur upgrader construction site flowed into the Athabasca River, in contravention of the company's water management plan.

Suncor pleaded guilty to one count under Alberta's Water Act. The government said the company has since taken steps to properly manage water.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Jones)