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Suncor Mildred Lake Site Avian Deaths

On May 13, Suncor reported through EDGE, a total of 27 deceased waterfowl including 7 Grebe, a sensitive bird species. The birds were found at the Syncrude Mildred Lake Settling Basin, a tailings pond located on the north side of the Mildred Lake oil sands site. Syncrude is operated by Suncor.

In addition, 5 Grebe were found at the Millennium Mine site tailings pond at Suncor Base Plant.

All birds were found between the dates of May 8 and May 13, 2023.

On May 13, an AER inspector visited the Mildred Lake site to gather and review information and assess the existing bird deterrent systems. The AER is ensuring that all safety and environmental requirements are met during the response to the incident.

Suncor and the AER are notifying regional stakeholders in the area. Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, and Environment Canada and Climate Change have been notified through Alberta EDGE.

The AER will continue to assess the situation closely and provide further updates as required.

For site-specific information, please reach out to Suncor.