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Hundreds of Fish found Dead in Fort McMurray

Posted by mhudema on June 25, 2008

Wed, June 25, 2008
UPDATED: 2008-06-25 02:46:27 MST
By THE CANADIAN PRESS

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FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Two Alberta government departments are investigating what caused the death of hundreds of fish in the Poplar Creek Reservoir north of Fort McMurray.

The dead fish were discovered last week at the sprawling reservoir, which was built in the early 1970s to divert water around an oilsands mine owned by Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Although the Syncrude mine is no longer active, the waterway is located only a few hundred metres from a Suncor oilsands construction site.

But a spokesman for Alberta’s environment ministry says there’s no evidence of contamination coming from the Suncor site, so investigators are still trying to find out what killed the fish.

Alberta Environment continues to investigate the death of roughly 500 ducks and other waterfowl that landed on a toxic Syncrude tailings pond at the end of April.

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