Sentencing of Syncrude Canada in oilsands-dead ducks trial put over to Oct. 22

Syncrude Canada will have to wait longer to hear what sentence it will face after being found guilty earlier this summer in the oilsands-dead ducks trial.

ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Syncrude Canada will have to wait longer to hear what sentence it will face after being found guilty earlier this summer in the oilsands-dead ducks trial.

The Crown and defence asked Friday to have sentencing put over until Oct. 22.

Syncrude was found guilty on June 25 of breaking Alberta and federal wildlife laws in the deaths of 1,600 ducks in one of its huge oilsands tailings ponds.

Lawyers for Syncrude are arguing the oilsands giant should not have been found guilty twice for the same offence.

The Crown and defence are also talking about creative sentencing, which may include forcing Syncrude to improve or increase the monitoring of its tailings ponds.

Images of the tar-fouled and suffering ducks in April 2008 flashed around the world and have become a focal point for oilsands critics, who say the environmental cost of the oilsands is too high.