Remember last April when those 500 ducks landed on one of Syncrude's tailing ponds near Fort Mac? Well, it wasn't 500.
Alberta Fish and Wildlife officials and Syncrude initially estimated 500 waterfowl were involved in the incident. In the weeks that followed, the birds later returned to the surface, where staff collected, counted and reported the numbers as part of the government's investigation. The Crown prosecutors have agreed Syncrude can release the final bird count, which is 1,606.
That little "oopsie" aside (not mentioned in the first stories out today), it is good to see that the company making an attempt to find out what happened and change its procdedures.