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Tailings pond bird deaths

The Alberta Energy Regulator says it is responding to a report of bird deaths at the soon-to-be-producing Fort Hills oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta.

It says the mine has reported 123 waterfowl and songbirds have died or had to be euthanized.

AER spokesman Ryan Bartlett says the bird were found on or near a tailings pond, a body used to separate oil, sand and chemicals from water used in oilsands ore transportation and processing.

He says the mine operated by Suncor Energy is continuing to monitor and collect the injured and dead birds and an AER inspector is on route to the site.

Suncor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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