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Bear euthanized after being injured by construction equipment

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec13,2023

A bear is euthanized after was injured by construction equipment

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This incident occurred when Imperial was already on the hot seat for a toxic leak that took place on the same Kearl project site.

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A black bear was euthanized after its den was “unintentionally bulldozed” during construction work on a drilling platform belonging to Imperial Oil, in northern Alberta.

The incident, which occurred on December 6 near the Kearl oil sands site, was reported by the 'Alberta Energy Regulatory Agency (AER).

According to Lisa Schmidt, a spokesperson for Imperial Oil, it was while constructing a drilling platform in an already cleared area that the equipment accidentally struck a hidden bear den.

The animal, which was sheltering there at the time, was injured, prompting provincial wildlife services , Alberta Fish and Wildlife, to euthanize him.

The oil giant explains in its statement that it hired a third party company owned by Aboriginal people to carry out work to clear the site in order to identify possible wildlife habitats or bird nests, but that they had not found a bear shelter.

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Imperial has declined any interview requests regarding the incident, but said in a statement to CBC/Radio-Canada that it is truly sorry this incident occurred.

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A quote from Imperial Oil

Construction work was interrupted while other maintenance operations were carried out. sweeping the site.

The company has opened an investigation. She did not indicate how long the work stoppage and investigation will last.

The AER also dispatched inspectors to the site, located 70 kilometers north of Fort McMurray.

The AER continues to gather information to determine the cause and circumstances leading to the incident and to determine whether Imperial complied with the [regulator's] requirements.

A citation by Alberta Energy Regulatory Agency News Release

Before this incident, the oil company was already in the hot seat since it was revealed earlier this year that it had waited nine months before informing indigenous communities living upstream of its Kearl project of a toxic spill.

Imperial and the AER were summoned to Ottawa to respond to questions about accountability and transparency.

Phillip Meintzer, conservation specialist at the Alberta Wilderness Association, believes this new incident highlights light another concern of his body.

This is another example of construction having environmental consequences that are not detected. [….] This highlights our concerns that these may not be adequately monitored.

A quote from Phillip Meintzer, Alberta Wilderness Association

According to Mr. Meintzer, surveillance protocols should be reviewed to ensure that they are adequate and sufficient , in order to minimize the consequences, “whether it is an infiltration of tailings which has an impact on watersheds and aquatic ecosystems or on neighboring indigenous communities or, in this case, the failure to spot a den bear.”

With information from Julia Wong

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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