Syncrude’s dead duck trial

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Is Alberta public opinion turning against the Tar Sands? With the ongoing trial of the dead ducks heating up in the oil patch, it may become rallying point for Alberta environmentalists – especially if Syncrude wins. They are pleading not-guilty and have quite an army of lawyers to plead their case.

This issue is well outlined in this New York Times article. The question is, why are they bothering to fight this? And secondly, will the backlash be greater than any benefit of winning the case?

It is also interesting to note that Syncrude has not posted a sustainability report on their site since 2007.