Source: Globe and Mail
The province on Friday provided a glimpse into its investigation of the March 25 spill, saying the samples of the company’s undiluted industrial waste-water were lethal to fingerling rainbow trout. These water samples, however, are not comparable to the fluid that poured into the river because they do not account for dilution. Alberta is still investigating whether diluted samples are harmful.
Energy companies are under intense scrutiny as the Canadian government decides whether to approve the Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline to the west coast and the American government considers whether Keystone XL to Texas’ Gulf Coast should be allowed. While Suncor’s waste-water spill is unrelated to shipping oil on pipelines, critics argue it demonstrates the dangers of bitumen production and that the province’s regulations are not strong enough to keep the companies in check.
Alberta put fingerling rainbow trout in samples of Suncor’s undiluted waste water. The fish died and Suncor failed the test, according to Jessica Potter, a spokeswoman for Alberta’s department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. The province compared the water samples to the Alberta Surface Water Guidelines and released its finding on a blog.