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Greenpeace breaks into Syncrude Canada operation in Alberta to protest oilsands

Posted by mhudema on July 28, 2008

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. _ A group of Greenpeace activists who broke into a Syncrude Canada Ltd. operation in northern Alberta to draw attention to a campaign against oilsands development have been arrested, ticketed and released by police.

The protesters said they blocked a pipe that flows into the same Aurora North tailings pond where 500 ducks died last April.

Greenpeace spokesman David Martin said they also unfurled a skull and crossbones banner that reads “World’s Dirtiest Oil: Stop the Tar Sands.”

RCMP said charges were pending against 11 activists.

Syncrude officials were not immediately available for comment.

Alberta is considering whether to charge Syncrude over the dead ducks under the province’s environmental laws.

© 2008 The Canadian Press

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