UPDATE 2-Suncor pays fine for oil-sands river pollution

* Suncor fined under Fisheries Act

* Charges laid in 2008 following two releases into a river
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CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 22 (BestGrowthStock) – Suncor Energy Inc
(SU.TO: ) has been ordered to pay C$200,000 ($198,000) in fines
after pleading guilty to charges of releasing effluent into an
Alberta river during construction of an oil sands mine in
2008.

Environment Canada, the regulator, said on Wednesday that
two charges were laid against Suncor under Canada’s Fisheries
Act after it investigated releases of effluent from holding
ponds into northern Alberta’s Steepbank River in June and
August of 2008, while Suncor was working on its North Steepbank
mine extension.

“It was an unfortunate event and we did take corrective
measures immediately after reporting the issue to regulators,”
said Brad Bellows, a spokesman for Suncor. “The settlement
catchment areas that this involved were closed late in 2008.”

The charges are the latest for Suncor, Canada’s largest
integrated oil company and the biggest oil sands producer.

Last year the company paid C$675,000 for failing to install
pollution control equipment at its Firebag steam-driven oil
sands operation near Fort McMurray, Alberta, and then keeping
that information from provincial environmental authorities.

As well, Suncor and its work camp operator, Compass Group
Canada Ltd, were fined a combined C$400,000 after investigators
found a subcontractor released partially treated wastewater
into the Athabasca River between 2005 and 2007.

($1=$1.01 Canadian)
(Reporting by Scott Haggett; editing by Peter Galloway)

UPDATE 2-Suncor pays fine for oil-sands river pollution